Roundhead Gamefowls: Natural-Born Killers in Philippine Cockpits

The Roundhead gamefowl breed, or the Boston Roundhead, is an old American gamefowl breed that started out in Boston in 1864 by John Harwood. These birds are popular in the Philippines today as natural-born killers but breeders will first need to ensure that the Roundheads they get are of a good pedigree to ensure that they can win matches as the killers they are.

Roundhead gamefowl

Roundheads started out as a trio of game chickens imported from England and were named “Roundhead” after their round heads. The birds were intended for a different person but the bill was lost and then just given to Harwood who then gave them to Ned Gill who then bred them and pitted them in the cockpits. When Gill died, some of the fowl was paired with a different fowl and the progeny given to Duryeas Boston who’s Roundheads were then used, alongside other birds, to create the Hatch gamefowl breed.

Key Features of Roundhead Roosters:

Roundhead Rooster features

The key features of Roundhead gamefowls are the following:

  • Medium to large build
  • Well-muscled body
  • Distinct round head
  • Bright red eyes
  • Attractive plumage patterns
  • Strong neck
  • Yellow or white legs

The ancestor of Boston Roundheads may have come from Asia, specifically from Inda or Pakistan like the Asil.

How the Roundhead Gamefowl Fights

Roundheads are smart and strategic fighting roosters that are well-known for their calculated and precise strikes. They typically target their opponents’ vitals and take advantage of their speed and agility to evade attacks and counter with their own strikes.

This breed is well-known for being natural killers, but breeders must be careful when getting a bird from this breed. Roundheads from an exceptional bloodline are natural-born fighters but those from an inferior bloodline won’t likely be good birds for fighting and breeders will likely need to fix these birds through inbreeding and linebreeding.

Are Roundhead Gamefowls or Their Derivatives Good for Sabong?

Mostly, yes. Roundheads are well-known as natural killers in the Philippines but breeders must ensure that they get one from the right bloodline to ensure the quality of the bird. The only downside with Roundheads is that fake birds can be in circulation, resulting in counterfeit Roundheads producing inferior birds.

Are Roundhead gamefowls good?

Sabong bettors won’t be able to rely on the knowledge that a certain gamefowl has Roundhead blood since said rooster might not have genuine and high-quality Roundhead blood. Because of this, bettors will have to take in consideration the ruweda and how the birds move before placing bets on what seems to be Roundheads. It’s advisable to look for other birds to bet on and to skip matches with Roundheads when the bettors isn’t sure of which one to bet.

When breeding Roundheads, breeders will need to ensure that they get high-quality birds with confirmed pedigrees. There isn’t enough information on the different bloodlines of Roundheads in circulation so breeders will need to conduct more in-depth research primarily on how they were raised before getting a Roundhead.


Roundhead gamefowls are well-known as natural-born killer fighting roosters that are well-known for their intelligence, agility, and counter-attacks. As such, breeders will need to ensure that they get the correct bird so they can use it to cross with other well-known fighting rooster breeds to ensure that they develop better birds out of the Roundhead.

When betting through Sabong International’s cockpits, bettors can either look for Roundheads to bet on or to look for other birds that are more well-known for their cockfighting prowess. Try betting on these birds now on live sabong matches at Diamond Sabong and Sabong International. If you’re a breeder, try out your hand on Roundheads now and either breed great fighters or try and fix illegitimate breeds.

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