• Open daily 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Grounds close at 5 p.m.

DOMESTIC ROOSTER

(Gallus gallus domesticus)

The Zoo is home to three roosters, Crosby, Stills and Nash. They came to the Zoo in April 2014, each at the age of about 9 months. They are brothers and were adopted from Lollypop Farm.

ABOUT THE DOMESTIC ROOSTER

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least Concern. The species in the wild has never been quantified, however.

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HABITAT

Domestic chickens are found throughout the world in captivity.

DIET

As omnivores, these birds eat a lot of grains as well as soybeans, corn, grass, worms and insects.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • All chickens are descendants from one type of bird, the red jungle fowl (Gallus gallus). They were first raised in captivity at least 5,000 years ago.
  • Dominance behavior is displayed by the raising of the head and tail. Other aggressive or dominance behaviors are wing flapping and crowing.
  • The red jungle fowl lifespan is about 25 years, but the Phoenix rooster, like many domestic roosters, can live up to 10 years.