Gallus ferrugineus, Gm.
812. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p 537 ; Game Birds of India, Vol, I, p. 217.
THE RED JUNGLE FOWL.
Length, 25.0 to 28.2 ; expanse, 27 to 29.5 ; wing, 8.12 to 9.5 ; tail, 11.25 to 14.3 ; tarsus, 3 to 3.12; bill from gape, 1.19 to 1.37 ; weight, 1 3/4 lbs. to 2 1/4 lbs.
Length. 16.5 to 18.25 ; expanse, 23 to 25 ; wing, 7.1 to 7.5 ; tail, 5.5 to 6.5 ; tarsus, 2.3 to 2.55 ; bill from gape, 1.9 to 1.02 ; weight, 1 2/16 lbs. to 1 10/16 lbs.
Bill slaty-brown; irides orange-red ; face, comb, and wattles red; legs slaty-black.
Male, rich golden hackles on the head, neck, throat and breast, paler on the sides of the neck and posteriorly ; ear-coverts white ; back purplish-brown in the middle, rich orange-brown on the sides; upper tail-coverts lengthened, also bright orange ; wings with the lesser and greater-coverts black, glossed with green; median-coverts rich dull maroon ; primaries dusky, with pale edges; secondaries chestnut externally, dusky within ;tertiaries glossy black; tail with the central feathers rich glossy green-black, the gloss diminishing on the lateral feathers; beneath from the breast unglossed black ; thigh-coverts the same.
The Jungle Hen has the general color yellowish-brown, minutely mottled with dark brown; and some of the feathers, especially of the upper back and wing-coverts, having conspicuously pale shafts ; the head dusky above, passing into short hackles of dark brown, edged with bright yellow on the neck and sides of the breast; quills and tail dark brown ; the central rectrices edged with mottled-brown ; ear-coverts yellowish ; a line down the throat deep bright red-brown, ending in a point below and passing up in a line behind the ears to join a small supercilium of the same hue; breast pale rufous-brown, with central pale streaks, lighter on the middle of the belly and becoming dull brown on the flanks, vent, thigh-coverts, and under tail-coverts.
I have been assured by a well known sportsman that the Red Jungle Fowl occurs in Central India, but it must be very rare as no one else seems ever to have met with it.