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Green Junglefowl

Gallus varius


The colouration of the green junglefowl is sexually dimorphic. The male's plumage is dark and blackish at a distance. A closer view reveals an iridescent mantle of gleaming scales reminiscent in colour and pattern to those seen in the ocellated turkey and green peafowl. Each scale is vivid blue at its base and moves through various shades of gold and bronzed green. Specialized plumes framing the throat of the male green junglefowl are highly light-reflective and appear violet at the proximal and sky blue at the distal edges. The lesser coverts of the wing are a striking burnt orange with bronzed black centres. The distal edges of the greater secondary coverts are vivid ochre.


Undergrowth in the West Bali National Park


The most distantly related and the first to diverge at least 4 million years ago among the four species of the Junglefowl.

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Bali, Indonesia

Spotted on Sep 4, 2015
Submitted on Aug 9, 2020

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