#5: With 25 billion chickens in the world, there are more of them than any other bird species


Chickens at a Florida farmhouse museum (Courtesy of Flickr user Kristine Paulus)
By Sarah Zielinski / SMITHSONIAN.COM / AUGUST 31, 2011

Why chickens? Well, I think we need a break from natural disasters, and chickens are a good distraction (how can the Chicken Dance not amuse?).

1 ) The chicken, Gallus gallus domesticus, is a domestic subspecies of the red junglefowl, a member of the pheasant family that is native to Asia. Genetic studies have found that the grey junglefowl also contributed to the chicken’s evolution.

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