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Sri Lanka Junglefowl - BirdForum Opus

Male
Photo by Steve G
Sinharaja Rain Forest, Sri Lanka, July 2009

Alternative name: Ceylon Junglefowl

Gallus lafayettii

Identification

66-73 cm, female 35 cm
Male

  • Orange-red body
  • Dark purple wings and tail
  • Gold back of head and neck
  • Bare red facial skin and wattles
  • Red comb with a yellow centre

No eclipse plumage
Female

  • Brown with white patterning on the lower belly and breast
Female
Photo by firecrest15
Kitulgala, Sri Lanka, March 2010

Distribution

Endemic to Sri Lanka.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Forest and scrub.

Behaviour

Rarely flies.

Breeding

The 2-4 eggs are laid in a ground nest. The eggs and young are tended by the female.

Diet

It is terrestrial and the diet includes seeds, fallen fruit and insects.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia
  3. BF Member observations

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