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Wed 22 Sep 2010

Amanda's hunt for the Red Jungle Fowl on mainland Singapore

Category : nature

The Red Jungle Fowl, a native species of Southeast Asia, was first reported in modern Singapore in the 1980s. It is suggested that the species flew over to Pulau Ubin from Johor where it has since established a population there.

Naturalist visitors to the island take great delight in listening to its calls and NParks conducts regular surveys to monitor the population there and they can be easily heard all over the eastern part of the island.

In mainland Singapore, populations of the Red Jungle Fowl or hybrids of the species have been sighted in various locations over the years. Amanda Tan, a 3rd-year student at the National University of Singapore, saw one such population near her home and decided to examine the distribution of these birds.

She is collating records of sightings of the birds in Singapore over the past decade to figure out what exactly is going on with these chickens! And she's in a hurry as her field project ends in late October.

So please send us your records

Please submit records of sightings to
Habitatnews: Records of Singapore's fauna and flora

In the form you can add details such as location, number and behaviour.
Pictures are most helpful; please email Amanda at:

Thank you!

Amanda listening in Ubin
Amanda Tan recording the call of the Red Jungle Fowl in Pulau Ubin, 04 Sep 2010.

Identifying the Red Jungle Fowl

Wait a minute - how do you distinguish the Red Jungle Fowl from the domestic chicken? Naturalists use these diagnostic features in males to distinguish the Red Jungle Fowl from domestic varieties:

  1. White ear patch
  2. Grey legs
  3. White rump at the beginning of the tail
  4. Truncated crow of the male’s call
  5. Ability to fly
  6. Shy - they tend to take off once spotted!

The male Red Jungle Fowl at Pasir Ris, Singapore
with diagnostic features highlighted
(photo: thanks to Ria Tan, WildSingapore)

Wunderground - pincollector1: photos of domestic chicken
Male domestic chicken (photo: pincollector1, Wunderground)

To learn more about the Red Jungle Fowl, see WildFacts: Red Junglefowl, Gallus gallus (Family Phasianidae) by Ria Tan.

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