Gallus gallus

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.

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 10-20 eggs in well hidden lined scrape. Female incubates eggs for 21-23 days.

Distribution

Originated in China, however now found throughout the world. Prefers dry open habitat with scattered trees and shrubs.