Ornamental Birds:- In Asia, birds with beautiful or unusual plumage have long been kept for ornamental purposes.
Certain varieties were imported into the United States and Great Britain in the late 1800s. Bird fanciers began keeping these ornamental birds for exhibition, a practice that continues today.
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Ornamental Birds Species
A chicken is a poultry (a family of hen-like ground-dwelling birds.) They likely originated from red jungle fowls that are native to southern Asia and neighboring islands.
Their anatomy and small brains indicate that they are possibly the most primitive bird. Commercially or domestically kept, chickens served as food (meat and eggs,) ornamental displays, curiosities, pets, and game or cockfighting. There are about 100 chicken breeds. A pullet is a hen less than one year old.
Since ancient civilizations, peacocks, native to Asia and Malaysia, are kept for table delicacy and ornamental plumage.
Two naturally occurring species are the Indian and the Green. Indian Blue subspecies are more commonly bred, especially in the US, because the Greens are less adaptive to cold.
When considering Peafowl to breed, they require spacious shelter especially fall/winter coverage and grains to eat. They are exceptionally beautiful social birds that do not stray far from home.
Red Golden Pheasant
Appealing to the eye, the red golden pheasant comes from Central China. The males are more colorful to attract females during courtship and to draw predators from the nesting hen.
Courtship is a year-round behavior that consists of the male circling the female, stopping, spreading, and displaying his cape and tail, standing on his toes, and hissing.
The female-only accepts the male during spring and early summer and becomes the caregiver.
An old Asian bantam breed, Silkies beautiful plumage has been described as “powder puffs” or “rabbit-fowl” or “cat-like” because they lack barb adhesion.
This docile, affectionate, trusting breed has turquoise blue earlobes, mulberry-colored faces, five toes, feathered feet, blue/black legs and skin like game birds, and a rose-colored comb.
White, black, brown, buff and partridge colors in bearded and non-bearded varieties are seen. They cannot fly and lay larger bantam eggs.
Imbedded in ancient mythology and legends worldwide is the large, very beautiful swan.
Noted for their long graceful S-shaped necks, the swans simply place their chins on the pond bottoms and feed on aquatic vegetation, but leaves a floating mess that aids ducks and other birds to feed upon.
Some species have been known to migrate great distances up to 2,000 miles, generally preferring night travel. Swans’ lifespan exceeds 20 years (50 in captivity.)