Red Junglefowl

(Gallus gallus)

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Red Junglefowl, Gallus gallus

Gallus gallus
Photo by Tom Condon

Additional Information

Breeding Season: Typically, March through June.

Breeding Age:

Clutch Size: 5-6

Incubation Period:: 18-21 days

Description - Male:

Description - Female:

Status in Captivity: Red Junglefowl in the pure, wild form are still rather uncommon in captivity. There are thousands of birds that can be claimed as Red Junglefowl, but there are only a few that are the pure subspecies without any interbreeding from domestics or within the races. There is now a studbook for this species and many breeders are also having their bird's DNA tested for purity.

Misc Notes:

Interesting Facts: Is the ancestor of all domestic chickens.

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Bibliography and Further Reading

  • Brown, D. 1998. A Guide to Pheasants & Waterfowl, Their Management, Care & Breeding. ABK Publications, South Tweed Heads, Australia.
  • Delacour, J. 1977. The Pheasants of the World. 2nd ed., World Pheasant Association and Spur Publications, Hindhead, U.K.
  • Delacour, J. 1978. Pheasants: Their Care and Breeding. T.F.H. Publishing, Neptune, NJ.
  • Grimmett, R., Inskipp, C., Inskipp, T. 1999. Birds of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. Christopher Helm, London; Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
  • Howman, K. 1991. Pheasants of the World: Their Breeding and Management. Hancock House Publishers, Surrey, B.C. Canada.
  • Johnsgard, P.A. 1999. The Pheasants of the World: Biology and Natural History. 2nd ed., Smithsonian Press, Washington D.C.
  • Madge, S., McGowan, P. 2002. Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
  • Robson, C. 2002. Birds of Thailand. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.

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