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Red Junglefowl

Scientific name: Gallus gallus
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

The Red Junglefowl is a tropical member of the Pheasant family, and is often believed to be the direct ancestor of the domestic chicken. While the domestic chicken has mostly derived from the Red Junglefowl.

The range of the true species stretches from northeast India (where the pure species has almost certainly been diluted with back-crosses from domestic breeds) eastwards across southern China and down into Malaysia and Indonesia. The birds are also domesticated in Kenya. They were probably introduced into the country by the influx of Indians during the early 1900's, when they were brought into Kenya to build the railway.

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