Saturday, 2 March 2019

Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus)

Latin Etymology: Gallus ("rooster") gallus ("rooster")
Adult male Red Junglefowl (subspecies G. g. gallus) at Bishan Park, Singapore - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: Gallus gallus gallus
Weight: 2.6kg  /  Length: 41-78cm  /  Wingspan: 38-51cm
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern

The Red Junglefowl is the ancestor of that most ubiquitous of domestic birds: the chicken.  A native of South East Asia, it's domestication by humanity took place at least 5000 years ago and the domestic form has subsequently practically spread everywhere that humanity has.  The wild population however remains alive and well in South East Asia, and indeed, it is beginning to return to Singapore, being found in parks and more remote areas of the island.  The white face patch is indicative of this being a wild bird rather than an also common, escaped domestic.

Related Species:
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Gallus
Subspecies: G. g. gallus, G. g. bankiva, G. g. jabouille, G. g. murghi, G. g. spadiceus, G. g. domesticus 

- Sighting Locations -
SINGAPORE - Recolonising the island after being extipirated
 - MALAYSIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: Several seen at Bishan Park

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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