Temporarily Off Exhibit
The Sri Lankan junglefowl is the national bird of Sri Lanka.
What They Eat
Small invertebrates like ants, along with seeds and berries.
Where They Live
Although they are found only Sri Lanka, these birds are common throughout their range. They live in a variety of habitats, including rainforest and dry scrub.
What They Do
Junglefowl fly short distances and will roost overnight in trees, but they are primarily terrestrial birds that even next on the ground.
How They’re Doing
Even though they are restricted to an island, Sri Lankan junglefowl are common and are not considered threatened.
Females are smaller than males, are drab in their color, and lack a wattle and comb.
Sri Lankan junglefowl are known to make a rooster-like crowing call as well as a foraging call that sounds like “kreeu, kreeu, kreeu.”
Domestic poultry have been known to hybridize with wild Sri Lankan junglefowl.
The Sri Lankan junglefowl is the only species of junglefowl to have a yellow iris.
Junglefowl mate year-round and lay 2-4 eggs at a time.