In Search of the Wild Chicken

By Andrew Lawler
Science – In the 1950s, bird hunters in the southern United States were eager to bag more exotic prey than quail, and so their representatives in Washington agitated for the introduction of foreign varieties. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist dutifully went to a remote area in India’s Himalayan foothills and collected dozens of red jungle fowl, a colorful, shy, and tasty wild bird that also happens to be the primary progenitor of today’s domestic chicken. Bred at research stations across the South, nearly 10,000 of the birds were released in the 1960s. They failed to thrive, and the program introducing an alien species was quietly cancelled. The few remaining penned jungle fowl were slated for slaughter in 1969… >>Access complete article<<
 
Source and Photo: November 23rd, 2012
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