Distraction tactic of Red Junglefowl

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Allan Teo came across a female Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) around Changi Village recently. The bird was obviously incubating her eggs in her nest somewhere nearby.

She was desperately trying to lead him away from her nest, fluttering from branch to branch and repeatedly made calls to attract his attention.

Junglefowls nest on the bare ground in the undergrowth.

Chicks are hatched covered with down and some juvenal feathers. Within a few days they are capable of walking, running and soon, flying. Such is typical of precocial chicks, as opposed to altricial young that are hatched naked, blind and needs a longer period to become independent.

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