red jungle fowl
- See under jungle fowl.
- any of several East Indian, gallinaceous birds of the genus Gallus, as G. gallus (red jungle fowl) believed to be the ancestor of the domestic fowl.
Origin of jungle fowl
First recorded in 1815–25
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- any small gallinaceous bird of the genus Gallus, of S and SE Asia, the males of which have an arched tail and a combed and wattled head: family Phasianidae (pheasants). G. gallus (red jungle fowl) is thought to be the ancestor of the domestic fowl
- Australian any of several megapodes, esp Megapodius freycinet
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