Sri Lanka Junglefowl

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This male Sri Lanka Junglefowl (Gallus lafayetii) was photographed by KC Tsang at the Yala National Park in July 2010 (above). The junglefowl is endemic to Sri Lanka. It is distinctive in the big yellow patch in the centre the comb. It is found from coastal scrub to mountain forests at elevations of up to 2,000 metres.

Check out the Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) that is found from the Indian subcontinent through SW and S China and Southeast Asia. The male of this species differs from that of the Sri Lanka Junglefowl in the form of comb and absence of heavy streaking of the plumage. Five subspecies of the Red Junglefowl have been described.

The male Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius) of Java and the neighbouring islands of Lesser Sundas E to Flores, Sumba and Alor is recognised by its multicoloured comb and hackles.


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  1. Hi, I just discovered that the ’Wali kukula’ or Ceylon Jungle fowl or Gallus lafayettiis is the National Bird of Sri Lanka. It is commonly found in all National Parks and forests of Sri Lanka.

    • Sri Lanka JungleFowl – Gallus lafayettis – Very nice pix & your comment is spot on. Found in Sri Lanka only, from sea level right up to the highest peak in the country, Mount Pidurutalagala over 2700 metres in elevation. It’s found in Arid zone, Dry zone & Wet zone of the country. Sure it is are National Bird.



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