Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Which came first? Chicken or Junglefowl?

Sorry I am still reflecting on my India trip.

We were seeing a lot of Red Junglefowl in the Sunderbans and we did get a glimpse or two of Grey Junglefowl in Tadoba National Park.

It is worth reflecting that all domestic chickens whatever they look like must have originated from these wild birds.  I noted that the cock's crow was Cock-a-doodle and the "doo" was missing. The adding of the latter note must have come later with domestication.

It is really surreal to see chickens suddenly take off and fly rapidly like pheasants from one side of a river to the other.  I have always been fond of chickens and I will look at them in a new light after becoming familiar with their wild ancestors.

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