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.
Category: Introduced Birds
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.
“Crowing” made even at night in Polynesia, cackles.
To listen the Red Junglefowl:
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.
Scientific Name: Gallus gallus (Linnaeus, 1758)
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)
Introduced and not threatened.
The species is classified as “Least Concern” (LC) on the IUCN Red List.