Green Junglefowl

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Other common names: Green Javanese Junglefowl; Green Javanese Fork Tail; Green Javanese Forktail; Javan Junglefowl

The basics:
The fascinating Green Junglefowl is endemic to the island nation of Indonesia. Despite the chickenlike profile, and its close relationship to the Red Junglefowl, ancestor of the domestic chicken, it has been well documented that the Green Junglefowl is able to fly over open water between the islands – an impressive achievement for a Gallus species. As a result, they seem to be a highly successful, fairly common species in their moist coastal habitat. As with other Gallus species, dominant males may challenge each other in season, but this habit does not preclude them traveling in small flocks as well as pairs.

Types: Largefowl
Varieties: Green
Uses: Ornamental, and to create the Ayim Bekisar
Weight: 1 - 2 lbs
Personality: Wild
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles Confinement: Large aviarys only.
Egg Production: Extremely Poor
Egg color: White with a yellow or gray tint.
Egg size: Small

What else you should know:
The beautiful and highly social Green Junglefowl can really only be recommended to the serious, well-heeled expert with plenty of room. They will not display their intricate social behaviors except in large, secure, and fairly active aviaries that include some interesting non-competing species. They are tropical birds with complex behaviors, an unusual diet, and a potentially delicate digestive system. Most of us should save them for the day when we can afford to hire a top quality bird curator for our fine estate – perhaps the day after we win the lottery!

Despite their demands for special care in the First World, it's interesting that Green Junglefowl is a culturally important bird in Indonesia, where the males are routinely hybridized with female domestic chickens to create the Ayim Bekisar – and the feral Ayim Bekisar is a famously tough bird that reportedly survives in some areas without fresh water. However, in those very same areas, the birds do have access to all sorts of coastal animal life in the tidal pools where they feast. It may be that the hybrids possess a combination of genes that simply makes them more resistant to disease, and it may also be that we have not yet learned the full story of the best diet for the beautful Green Junglefowl. Network with other fanciers, and stay open to the possibility of new discoveries.

Be cautious if you are seeking pure, exhibition quality birds. In a good light, the male is a striking specimen with a mantle of bronzy green. The female is a smaller, attractively mottled bird. In a pure-bred Green Junglefowl, she should never sport a comb.

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