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Behav. Sci. 2018, 8(1), 13; doi:10.3390/bs8010013

Sophisticated Fowl: The Complex Behaviour and Cognitive Skills of Chickens and Red Junglefowl

IFM Biology, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden
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Received: 1 October 2017 / Revised: 8 January 2018 / Accepted: 12 January 2018 / Published: 17 January 2018
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The world’s most numerous bird, the domestic chicken, and their wild ancestor, the red junglefowl, have long been used as model species for animal behaviour research. Recently, this research has advanced our understanding of the social behaviour, personality, and cognition of fowl, and demonstrated their sophisticated behaviour and cognitive skills. Here, we overview some of this research, starting with describing research investigating the well-developed senses of fowl, before presenting how socially and cognitively complex they can be. The realisation that domestic chickens, our most abundant production animal, are behaviourally and cognitively sophisticated should encourage an increase in general appraise and fascination towards them. In turn, this should inspire increased use of them as both research and hobby animals, as well as improvements in their unfortunately often poor welfare. View Full-Text
Keywords: animal behaviour; animal cognition; animal welfare; Gallus gallus animal behaviour; animal cognition; animal welfare; Gallus gallus
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Garnham, L.; Løvlie, H. Sophisticated Fowl: The Complex Behaviour and Cognitive Skills of Chickens and Red Junglefowl. Behav. Sci. 2018, 8, 13.

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