The Red Jungle Fowl

Ever since moving to this new house, I’ve been seeing a few “chickens” in that secondary forest. Wild chicken, I thought, but found it strange that there would be wild chickens in that area.

As fate would have it, the very same week, the LSM2251 lecture I attended mentioned the Red Jungle Fowl. This was said to the wild ancestor of the domestic chicken. Amazing. I also knew that this was considered endangered in Singapore.

An endangered animal in my backyard? Now that was an interesting idea to explore. I learnt that one of the distinguishing factors of the Red Jungle Fowl was its truncated call. I listened out for it and eventually found that that it was really the case for those chickens in my backyard. I was extremely excited about that.

Then on one occasion, 10-April 2010, I was quietly studying in my room when I heard some rustling outside. I looked outside, only to find at least 10 of these Red Jungle Fowls foraging outside.

I tried to take a picture, but it didn’t turn out well.

Red Jungle Fowl in my Backyard?

So that, is the history of my UROPS project.

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