Range: Throughout most of southeast Asia, from Paksitan and India eastward and south through Sumatra and Indonesia; domesticated form found worldwide.
Subspecies: There are five subspecies with variation in size of facial wattles & combs, length and color of the neck hackles in males. Cochin-Chinese (G. g. gallus), Burmese (G.g. spadiceus), Tonkinese (G. g. jabouillei), Indian (G. g. murghi) and Javan (G. g. bankiva).
Habitat: Varied, most types of forests present in southeast Asia, field edges, groves and scrubland.
Status in Wild: Generally considered common and widespread, but there is a strong possibility that a large number of wild birds have bred with feral domestic chickens.
Interesting Facts: Is the ancestor of all domestic chickens.
Status in Aviculture: Red Junglefowl in the pure, wild form are still rather uncommon in captivity. There are thousands of birds that can be claimed as Red Junglefowl, but there are only a few that are the pure subspecies without any interbreeding from domestics or within the races. There is now a studbook for this species and many breeders are also having their bird's DNA tested for purity.
Breeding Season: Typically, March through June.
Clutch Size: 5-6
Incubation Period: 18-21 days
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