New residents in Singapore might be surprised to hear in the wee hours of the morning, the call of a rooster. After all, Singapore is a modern city but it is also the garden city, so what’s surprising about hearing roosters?
Well, you’d be surprised: these are not but male Red Junglefowls, they are free and are one of the many protected species of Singapore.
Head image: Male Red Junglefowl, created at the Singapore Botanic Garden with Canon EOS 7D Mark II and Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS. ISO 800, 1/200s, f/5, +1/3 EV, Evaluative metering.
When visiting the Singapore Botanic Gardens early in the morning it is possible to hear and observe male and female Red Junglefowls, their male call is very similar to one’s of the domestic chicken. Not surprisingly, the domestic chicken is a descendant of the Red Junglefowl (apparently with some hybridisation with the Grey Junglefowl).
If like me you tend to dismiss the chicken as a convenient food source, it is remarkable to
discover re-discover that this bird is so beautiful. Even the females, though not as colourful — for the obvious requirements of being a responsible mother — as the males, have very delicate plumage despite the limited palette they can do with.
Their behaviour is very similar to our domestic chicken, spending most of the day foraging for food in the ground.
But to a major difference: they can fly! Unfortunately I didn’t manage to get a picture of a “flying chicken” this time, that’ll be for another time.