The red junglefowl is a tropical bird in the family Phasianidae. It is the primary progenitor of the domestic chicken. The red junglefowl was first domesticated at least 5,000 years ago in Asia. Since then, its domesticated form has spread around the world and is kept globally as a very productive food source of both meat and eggs. Male junglefowl are larger than females, and have brightly coloured decorative feathers. The male’s tail is composed of long, arching feathers that initially look black, but shimmer with blue, purple, and green in bright light. He also has long, golden hackle feathers on his neck and on his back. The female’s plumage is typical of this family of birds in being cryptic and being adapted for camouflage.
Acrylic on a paper placemat (McDonald's China 1985), 31 x 25,5 cm, 2019, Private collection