Although everyone is familiar with the ‘chicken’, ‘poultry’ or ‘domestic fowl’ that provides meat and eggs to people all over the world, few realize that these birds are all descendant from a pheasant called the Red Jungle Fowl. The original species still occurs in the wild from northeast India, where they were first domesticated at least 4,000 years ago, through Indo-China and much of Indonesia (except Kalimantan), although it is likely that they were introduced to most islands east of Bali. Those people that first domesticated this bird could never have dreamed how vital its descendents would become to mankind as a food source and in neurobiological research. Six members of this family occur in Java: two partridges, two jungle-fowl, a quail and a peafowl.
Run fast before flying with rapid wing beats