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Grey Junglefowl
(Gallus sonnerati)

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Additional Information

Breeding Season: March to July.

Breeding Age: Second year.

Clutch Size: 4 to 6.

Incubation Period:: 21 days.

Description - Male: The comb is red and dented, similar to that of the Red Junglefowl. The long neck hackles, which are much sought after by fly-tyers, are dark gray to black with white and yellow bars. These are lost each summer during the eclipse. The back and rump feathers are grayish-black with white streaks. Tail is black with a purple sheen. First year males will have shorter and duller feathers.

Description - Female: Darker than Red Junglefowl, the head is brown with light streaks on the forehead. The comb is very small and is dull red. The back, rump and wings are mottled brown and black; the breast is white, abdomen light buff and the flanks light brown.

Status in Captivity: Common and popular in both American and European aviculture.

Misc Notes: Easy to care for in captivity, but will need some protection from the elements. Will hybridize with other junglefowl species and domestic fowl, care must be taken to prevent this.


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Bibliography and Further Reading

  • Delacour, J. 1977. The Pheasants of the World. 2nd ed., World Pheasant Association and Spur Publications, Hindhead, U.K.
  • Delacour, J. 1978. Pheasants: Their Care and Breeding. T.F.H. Publishing, Neptune, NJ.
  • Grewal, B. 2000. Birds of the Indian Subcontinent. Local Colour Limited, Hong Kong.
  • Johnsgard, P.A. 1999. The Pheasants of the World: Biology and Natural History. 2nd ed., Smithsonian Press, Washington D.C.
  • Madge, S., McGowan, P. 2002. Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.


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