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The Rooster

Nature's alarm clock! Wake up!
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The chicken is perhaps the most widespread avian species in the world - and the exotic Red Jungle Fowl is the ancestor of the hybrid Araucana and Rhode Island Red. Scientists postulate that chickens were first domesticated from jungle fowl in India, about 5,000 years ago. Traders and travelers then carried them far and wide. Find your local Audubon and learn more about wild birds. To see - and hear - a rooster crowing, be sure to watch the video!

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The Rooster
Written by Dominic Black from an original script by Chris Peterson

[Call of the Red Jungle Fowl] 

You maybe wouldn't think it, but the chicken is an extremely well connected bird. 

I'm Mary McCann, this is BirdNote, and this – [Call of the Red Jungle Fowl] …is an exotic Red Jungle Fowl.
The Red Jungle Fowl is the ancestor of this: [Crowing of an Araucana/Rhode Island Red rooster] A Rhode Island Red Rooster, or Araucana (pronounced ah-ruh-CAH-nuh), to use its proper title. King of the Hill in the chicken world.

With each new day, a new opportunity to assert his dominance:[Crowing of an Araucana/Rhode Island Red rooster]

From DNA analysis, scientists postulate that chickens were first domesticated from jungle fowl in India, some 5,000 years ago. Traders and travelers then carried them far and wide, to Asia Minor, Africa, and Europe. Julius Caesar is said to have noted that the Britons “kept them for pleasure, but not for the table.” The farming of chickens for their meat and eggs developed later, until today, when the chicken is probably the most numerous avian species in the world. 

You won't find a rooster on the 2014 BirdNote calendar, but you will find a host of other beautiful birds. Find it at BirdNote.org. 

For BirdNote, I'm Mary McCann.
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Calls of the rooster and alarm calls of the hens recorded by C. Peterson. 
Ambient chicken sounds provided by Kessler Productions 
BirdNote's theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Dominic Black
© 2014 Tune In to Nature.org     Narrator: Mary McCann           
ID#120505chicken               chicken-01c

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