Sri Lankan junglefowl, Ceylon junglefowl (Gallus lafayettii)
English: Sri Lanka Junglefowl at Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka.
Date 28 March 2010, 08:33
Source Sri Lanka Junglefowl http://www.flickr.com/photos/51327488@N00/4534598099/
Author Thimindu Goonatillake from Sri Lanka http://www.flickr.com/people/51327488@N00
The Sri Lankan junglefowl (Gallus lafayettii), also known as the Ceylon junglefowl, is a member of the Galliformes bird order which is endemic to Sri Lanka, where it is the national bird. It is closely related to the red junglefowl (G. gallus), the wild junglefowl from which the chicken was domesticated. The specific name of the Sri Lankan junglefowl commemorates the French aristocrat Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette. Order: Galliformes, Family: Phasianidae, Subfamily: Phasianinae, Genus: Gallus, Species: Gallus lafayettii Lesson, 1831. Synonyms:
Gallus lafayetii, Gallus lafayettei