Wild life and nature of Samos, Ikaria & Fournoi

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Birds

Domestic Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)

Description

Domestic chickens range in appearance due to breed, though they share common traits. These traits include squat stature, rounded bodies, dense feathers and wattles of flesh around the face. Adult males (roosters) have distinct combs of red flesh and striking plumage, including flowing tails and shiny, pointed feathers. Individual chickens in a flock will dominate other, establishing a ‘pecking order’, which involves priority for food access and nesting locations.

Habitat

Living conditions in domestications vary from small, organic farms to massive poultry-productions facilities.

Diet

They are fed mainly on diet of seeds and grains.

Protection Status

This species is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Interesting Facts

In Ancient Greece, the chicken was considered an exotic animal at some point and because of its valor, the rooster was an attribute of Ares, Heracles, and Athena.

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