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Red Junglefowl

RED JUNGLEFOWL
Coq Bankiva et poules - Photo Jean Kape

Coq Bankiva et poules – Photo Jean Kape


APPEARANCE AND IDENTIFICATION
Poules et poussins_Rangiroa - Photo Jean Kape

Poules et poussins_Rangiroa – Photo Jean Kape

19 inches. . Roosters are easily distinguished from the large chickens by their well-developed crest, their tails and their spurs. Many strains exist, individuals of oldest strains have more pronounced red tones.

Order: Galliformes

Family: Phasianidae

Category: Introduced Birds


LOCATION

The species was introduced by the first Polynesian upon arrival. Present almost everywhere in French Polynesia, except in certain volcanic islands and atolls where they have not yet been introduced.


CHARACTERISTICS
Lives in the wild in the forests up to 800 meters. Gregarious species, moving in groups even if accompanied by their chicks. Tends to isolate themselves in the valleys. Many domestic cocks return to the wild and live in near freedom in gardens where they are no longer hunted for their meat but brought up for a popular Polynesians hobby: cock fighting. These birds have an impressive flight capacity compared to those of the metropolis.

“Crowing” made even at night in Polynesia, cackles.

To listen the Red Junglefowl:
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Gallus-gallus

Omnivorous and opportunistic species.

Egg incubation for 18 to 21 days after which the chicks follow the mother for at least two months.

Original text by Caroline BLANVILLAIN – Supplements and update by various members of the SOP Manu.

Bibliography:
https://inpn.mnhn.fr/espece/cd_nom/199742
http://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=3749777E14C923E9
http://www.oiseaux.net/oiseaux/coq.bankiva.html
http://datazone.birdlife.org/species/factsheet/red-junglefowl-gallus-gallus
http://www.hbw.com/ibc/species/red-junglefowl-gallus-gallus
https://www.iucnredlist.org/search?query=Red%20Junglefowl&searchType=species

NAMES

Scientific Name: Gallus gallus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Polynesian Names:
Mo’a oviri, taetavo : wild chicken, moa ofiri : wild hen, moa oui, moa-oni : rooster, moa vari ou moa ufa : hen, moa maia’a : mother hen, moa fa’atito : fighting cock, moa fanau’a : chicken, mouti (Society), moa (Marquesas, Rurutu)

LOCATION
  • All archipelagos

STATUS AND PROTECTION

Introduced and not threatened.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.