Green Junglefowl

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Dr Eric Tan a.k.a. MountainMan photographed the Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius) at the Bali Barat National Park in Bali, Indonesia on 22nd January 2010.

This handsome junglefowl is confined to Java and the neighbouring islands of Lesser Sundas E to Flores, Sumba and Alor. Although not globally threatened, because the bird is commonly found around human settlements, especially in the heavily populated areas of Java, the long term survival of the species is in question. This junglefowl is overexploited as it is trapped for the pet trade, the male being prized for vocal competitions. Also, there is much hybridisation with the domestic fowl.

The male Green Junglefowl is instantly recognised by his differently coloured scaled plumage and the multicoloured comb and hackles. Another conspicuous feature is the presence of spurs, found only in the males (above: right leg).

Very little is known about its food and feeding habits, although it is known that these birds take insects and weed seeds. Again, its breeding behaviour is generally unknown.

McGowan, P. J. K., 1994. Family Phasianidae (Pheasants and Partridges). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds. Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 2. New world vultures to guineafowl. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 434-552.

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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