Grey Junglefowl

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Other common names: Sonnerat's Junglefowl

The basics:
The Grey Junglefowl is endemic to India, where it's a wide-ranging, highly adaptable species found in a variety of habitats, including bamboo forests, abandoned plantations, and a number of other forested areas in foothills or fairly high mountains up to 1,600 meters or even more. The wild adult male has been called the most beautiful of the Gallus fowls, and his striking neck hackles, with the long feathers tipped in a wax-like yellow, were once over-used by fly fishermen for salmon and trout, threatening the species. The United States and the United Kingdom both banned the use of these feathers in fly fishing, and India itself banned the export of the feathers, substantially reducing the legal trade. As a result, today the bird appears to be secure in the wild, although it remains quite secretive where it's still hunted for meat.

Types: Largefowl
Varieties: Grey
Uses: Meat, Ornamental
Weight: 1 - 2.25 lbs
Personality: In the wild, the Grey Junglefowl seems well aware that it's a tasty bird highly desired by certain predators, including human hunters. These instincts have persisted in the captive-bred birds, and they tend to be shy, secretive, and even skittish. You will need to design a comfortable, secure habitat that allows them to feel safe, so that they can gradually relax and be comfortable in showing themselves off to you. An open chicken-wire structure that allows them no place to hide will make them very uneasy.
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: A large avairy will be required.
Egg production: Extremely poor (Average 4-7/clutch)
Egg color: Cream
Egg size: Small

What else you should know:
Be aware that the males do undergo an eclipse molt after the spring breeding season, during which they lose their splendid neck feathers for a short while. This molt is perfectly normal and no cause for worry.

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