Junglefowl are the four living species of bird from the genus Gallus in the Gallinaceous bird order, which occur in India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and Indonesia.
These are large birds, with colourful male plumage, but are nevertheless difficult to see in the dense vegetation they inhabit.
As with many birds in the pheasant family, the male takes no part in the incubation of the egg or rearing of the precocial young. These duties are performed by the drab and well-camouflaged female.
The junglefowl are seed-eaters, but insects are also taken, particularly by the young birds.
One of the species in this genus, the Red Junglefowl, is of historical importance as the likely ancestor of the domesticated chicken, although it has been suggested the Grey Junglefowl was also involved.
The Sri Lanka Junglefowl is the National Bird of Sri Lanka.
- we call in jungle chicken in Chinese , it look alike chicken that we eat but with some characteristic that make the different
1. Red Junglefowl
The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical member of the Phasianidae family. It is thought to be ancestral to the domestic chicken, with some hybridzation with the Grey Junglefowl. The Red Junglefowl was first domesticated at least five thousand years ago in Asia, then taken around the world, and the domestic form is kept globally as a very productive food source of both meat and eggs.
Update 2014 Feb 8
red Junglefowl , 原雞, Gallus gallus
- found in jungle , shy to see people or car but easier to shoot from car
… let’s fight … red Junglefowl , 原雞 [Gallus gallus]