Red junglefowl

species of bird; wild origin of the domesticated chicken

The red junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical member of the family Phasianidae. They are the ancestors of all our domestic chickens. They were first domesticated in Asia, where they are native. Some of the less specialized domestics, such as the brown leghorns, keep color patterns similar to that of their wild ancestors. They are about two pounds in weight.

Red junglefowl
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Gallus gallus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Red junglefowl range
Gallus gallus

BathingEdit

Red junglefowl regularly bathe in dust to keep just the right balance of oil in their plumage. The dust absorbs extra oil and it subsequently falls off. [1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Brinkley, Edward S. (2003). "Reader's Digest Pathfinders" Creatures of the Air and Sea. Singapore: Reader's Digest Children's Books. p. 17. ISBN 0-7944-0353-0.