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A pure breed Philippine wild chicken or Philippine jungle fowl is relatively smaller than the Philippine native chicken (Red jungle fowl) which is often mistaken as the LABUYO. Pure LABUYO is as small but not as stocky as the Japanese dwarf chicken which measures only up to 8 inches for male and more or less 7 inches for female high from its feet to the crown. Deforestation, hunting and human presence pushes the habitat of these wild birds deep into the forest and the status of their species (pure breed) maybe are now on the red list. Though the range of their habitat is in deep forest areas, they seek open spaces to hangout so they can easily detect the presence enemies and potential dangers. They seldom go in group and move silently and cautiously all the time so its difficult to locate them. The female can lay up to 10 eggs in one breeding season. After the chicks are weaned from their mother the siblings live together to protect each other and help each other looking for their foods. After several weeks they go their own separate ways and prefer a solitary life. On the sixth to eight months they start to be sexually active, then they look for a mate.
Deep forest , high elevation forest, though some are captured and domestically breed for their meat or pet trade.
These photos were taken after several months research of their possible hangout areas. We set up food baits with a hidden improvise cam trap manually activated through a cable connection several meters away so we to monitor the spot visually. The specimen is very cautious and tensed maybe he senses our presence or our cam shutter sound. Eating the meat of this chicken is said to cure or prevent several common or flu related diseases because they are resistant to common bird's illness. Hunting is one of the reasons why their population in the wild is rapidly depleting.