Red Junglefowl – eclipse adult male

on 8th October 2010

“I was watching birds around the neighbourhood (up to 1-2 km away) and visited sites I have been ‘neglecting’. One is a large, longstanding, stalled housing project where lots of birds have found a habitat over the years including some Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus gallus) that have been breeding there. I was at the edge of the area when this adult male in eclipse came out to forage (below).

“Robson (2008) states: ‘Male eclipse: After breeding. Crown and neck all blackish, lacks hackles, tail shorter, comb and lappets may appear shrivelled.’

“Had some good views over ten minutes as I stayed in the car and tried my luck with pictures from a distance. Very beautiful in the light but can look very dark in the shadows. Unfortunately got spooked and flew off – my flight picture a bit blurred but shows off the striking colours of the bird (above left).

“Image of a juvenile male from same flock for comparison (above right). That of a breeding adult female from same flock is shown for comparison (left).

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Near Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
22nd August 2010
Robson, C., 2008. A field guide to the birds of South-east Asia. New Holland, London. 544 pp.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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