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Tetrapod Zoology

Right now, there’s a giant blue chicken in Trafalgar Square

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I really like chickens. They are fascinating, beautiful, unbelievably diverse, complicated birds. I’m academically interested in them. Oh, and we should probably stop eating them. While in London recently for the Cryptozoologicon launch (yes, it went really well, thanks), the family and I went to Trafalgar Square. Obviously, I haven’t been there for a while, [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

The other peacock

Mention ‘peacock’ (or ‘peafowl’) and the vast majority of people will think of Pavo cristatus, the mostly Indian, blue-plumaged Indian peacock. Distinctive features of the males of this species include a face marked with black and white stripes, a crest composed of wire-like shafts tipped with blue, fan-shaped tufts, orange-brown primary feathers, dark-brown-and-white stripes on [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

The other turkey

Whenever I mention turkeys on Tet Zoo, it’s unavoidable that I (generally) mention or illustrate the turkey we know best: the domestic form of Meleagris gallopavo, the North American bird typically known as the Wild turkey. It’s big, with bronzy-brown plumage, a mostly pinkish head and neck and a wiry ‘beard’ that hangs down from [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Turkeys vs peafowl, the great debate

Galliforms – gamebirds – are among the most spectacularly flamboyant of birds; the males of many lineages are provided with an abundance of elaborate display structures. I’ve written about turkeys and their snoods, wattles, caruncles and showy feathers before. I like the photo above because it depicts two of the showiest gamebirds – Meleagris gallopavo (domestic [...]

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Tetrapod Zoology

Chickens, 2012

I spend a lot of time looking at chickens. Try looking at them yourself. They’re incredible. I don’t want to say too much about chickens as I’ll be here all day (drat, semi-failed). Must say a few brief things though. The history of chicken domestication is complex (though the Red junglefowl Gallus gallus is the [...]

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