Iluka NSW .... Feral Red junglefowl?

To: John Hammond <>
Subject: Iluka NSW .... Feral Red junglefowl?
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 00:26:22 +1000
Hi John

I have sometimes wondered how many generations it would take a domestic chook to revert to a Jungle Fowl, be it Red or Green. Whilst birding in SE Asia, I have come across several birds which meet the criteria for a Jungle Fowl of both colours, but seeing as the sightings were fairly close to human habitation I have somewhat vacillated over whether to tick them or not. I have seen quite a few Fighting Cocks in SE Asian villages which meet most of the criteria for a Jungle Fowl, which has made me think am I seeing a Jungle Fowl or seeing a domesticated Fighting Cock.

With the prevalence of Cock Fighting in Australia, it makes me wonder, are sightings of Jungle Fowl in Australia of a genuine breeding populations or escapees?

I would be interested in opinions.


Carl Clifford

On 08/08/2009, at 7:11 PM, John Hammond wrote:

Hello all.... I was just wondering if any one is aware of any feral junglefowl populations around iluka in nsw? I have been staying at Yamba for a couple of days and this morning after visiting the iluka rainforest drove down to the shark bay picnic ground. As I got out of the car I could hear a rooster calling somewhere in the scrub and given the distance from any houses and the dense habitat I was quite amazed to hear this. After a ten minute search I found myself peering through the scrub at one very shy red junglefowl. I don't know if people feed these chooks but the one I saw behaved very much like a wild bird. As for this wayward roosters genetics I can only say it looked nearly identical to the photos I manage to bring up on a google search of the species. I can only find reference to feral populations on heron and north west island. So my question to anyone in the know is could this bird be a legit feral tick? Or has somebodys prized red junglefowl gone for an awful long walk? If anything it will go down as the most spectacular rooster I've ever seen.....


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