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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Debi Russell
Debi Russell

Great picture and history.  Would like to do this picture as a stained glass mosaic, if I could get permission to use the picture.

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