Gallus ferrugineus

Gallus ferrugineus, Gm.

812. :- Jerdon's Birds of India, Vol. II, p 537 ; Game Birds of India, Vol, I, p. 217.


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.

Handbook to the Birds of the Bombay Presidency
Barnes, Henry Edwin. Handbook to the birds of the Bombay Presidency, 1885.
Title in Book: 
Gallus ferrugineus
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Barnes, H. Edwin
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Common name: 
Red Jungle Fowl
Red Junglefowl
Gallus gallus
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