The Rhode Island Red is an American breed of chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). It is a utility bird, raised for meat and eggs, and also as a show bird. It is a popular choice for backyard flocks because of its egg laying abilities and hardiness. The Rhode Island Red is the state bird of Rhode Island. It is one of only three state birds that is not a species native to the United States. The bird’s feathers are rust-colored, however darker shades are known, including maroon bordering on black. Rhode Island Reds have red-orange eyes, reddish-brown beaks, and yellow feet and legs, often with a bit of reddish hue on the toes and sides of the shanks. Black ink with Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.