The Grey Junglefowl (Gallus sonneratii) is a bird endemic to India where it inhabits forest undergrowth, secondary growth, and bamboo thickets. So far no concerns for this species have been raised, but encroachment by humans on their habitats as well as hunting for their meat and less so for their feathers (which are used in manufacturing fishing lures) might change its status. The photographs in this blog were shot on a drive through the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala in September 2011.
Great to see this bird. Of course, it’s close cousin, red junglefowl, is the most populous bird on the planet in its domesticated form: the chicken.