The Most Colorful “Chicken” on Earth!


 

Green Junglefowl, Gallus variusimage credit: jimmonroe.smugmug.com

Green Junglefowl, Gallus variusimage credit: animalworld.tumblr.com, BxExAxTxE.

Green Junglefowl, Gallus variusimage credit: featherwarriorgamefarm.blogspot.com

 

Green Junglefowl, Gallus variusimage credit: travel.mongabay.com

Green Junglefowl, Gallus variusimage credit: perrywildlifephotography.com

Habitat: endemic to Java, Bali, Lombok, Komodo, Flores, Rinca
Status: Least Concern

Who knew chickens could be so cool? The colorful comb (top part) and wattle (bottom part) of the Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius) is so gorgeous! Actually, the bird isn’t exactly a chicken – it’s in the pheasant family. That explains it. Pheasants are so pretty and interesting looking (remember this post on them)?

You’ll find Green Junglefowl in pairs/groups of two to five in the wild led by a dominant male who leads the pack, so to speak. At night he’ll lead the rest of his troop back into the cover of the forest where the birds nest in bamboo stands at 15–20 feet above the forest floor.

Aren’t the feathers (in addition to the comb/wattle, of course) just amazing?

Green Junglefowl, Gallus varius feathersimage credit: lab.fws.gov

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  • http://www.plasticpals.com Robotbling

    The colors are simply amazing! They look like flower petals.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10994449499565363257 CarlyB

    I couldn’t quite put my finger on it but that’s totally what they look like! thanks!

  • http://daughterearth.com/blog/ Daughter Earth

    wow. that is awesome.

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Those pheasants are absolutely gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    Who like justin Beaver?????? hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

  • Anonymous

    This most certainly is the most beautiful chicken. I’ve come to really appreciate chickens, but I have never been one as beautiful as these. Magnificent.

    I will save these pics for the next time I hear someone make fun of chickens. All animals deserve respect; these ones just make it obvious. Just outstanding.

    tyvm

    ^^

    ♥❤♥

  • eve newson

    what breed of chicken is this