Tang Hung Bun spent a few days observing a group of about 30 Red Junglefowls (Gallus gallus) in a one hectare field somewhere along Upper Thomson Road LINK.
The field is a popular foraging ground for these Red Junglefowls. The scattered trees and shrubs around the periphery provide shelter for the chicks. These chicks are at times attacked by some of the adult males. They are also targeted by raptors from above. In fact Hung Bun did witness a failed attempt by a raptor to catch a chick, resulting in the entire group of junglefowls suddenly running towards the trees and calling loudly.
The video above shows two males engaged in a mild confrontation. When females are involved such fights become fierce, as shown in the other video clip below.
At night these junglefowls roost in trees on both sides of the road. At around 1845 hours each day, these birds would fly across the road one by one. Some take a rather roundabout route while others run across the road braving the many speeding cars.
The video above shows males competing to mate with a favourite hen, chasing her to mount and be replaced by another male. Such fights are vigorous and fierce. The latter part of the video shows the junglefowls leaving the foraging ground for their usual roosting trees.
Tang Hung Bun