February 17, 2011
Red Jungle Fowl
Photograph by Vincent J. Musi, National Geographic
This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Photos
Wild red jungle fowl, progenitors of the modern chicken, crowd a pen near Statesboro, Georgia. Remnants of a population collected in north-central India in the early 1960s, these birds may be the last of their kind—genetically speaking. As humans push farther into the wild bird’s South Asian habitat, the chickens they bring with them interbreed with jungle fowl, polluting their genomes.
See more photos from the March 2011 story "Animal Domestication."
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