Other Names: Silkies
Size: Stand about 500mm high
Voice: Loud harsh cackling chatter.
Food: Seed, fruit and greens. They scratch in ground like domestic chickens.
Where Found: Originated in China, however now found throughout the world. Prefers dry open habitat with scattered trees and shrubs.
Habits: Spends days on ground foraging for food and roosts in low shrubs or branches at night. Gregarious and form flocks of about 25 birds which roost communally.
They run rather than fly as barbs on their wings prevent them from taking flight.
Nesting: Lays 10-20eggs in well hidden lined scrape. Female incubates eggs for 21-23 days.