Red junglefowl

Local nameBankivahuhn
LocationDelhoven, Germany

The red junglefowl is a tropical bird in the family Phasianidae. It ranges across much of Southeast Asia and parts of South Asia. It is the species that encompasses the chicken; the grey junglefowl, Sri Lankan junglefowl and green junglefowl have also contributed genetic material to the gene pool of the chicken. While chickens are also classified as red junglefowl, the term often only refers to wild subspecies in common parlance.

Evidence from the molecular level derived from whole-genome sequencing revealed that the chicken was domesticated from red junglefowl about 8,000 years ago, with this domestication event involving multiple maternal origins. Since then, their domestic form has spread around the world where they are kept by humans for their meat, eggs, and companionship.

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Address (Unnamed Road), 41540, Germany

Coordinates 51°4'50.717" N 6°47'28.26" E

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