Red junglefowl

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Red junglefowl
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Gallus
Binomial name
Gallus gallus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
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Red junglefowl range

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.

Bathing[change | change source]

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]

References[change | change source]

  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.