The Bekisar, or Ayam Bekisar, is the first generation hybrid offspring of the Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius) and domesticated Red Junglefowl from Java (Gallus gallus bankiva). The roosters have a glossy blackish green plumage and are highly prized for their loud clear calls and striking colouration, while the hens are usually dull and infertile.

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  • The Bekisar, or Ayam Bekisar, is the first generation hybrid offspring of the Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius) and domesticated Red Junglefowl from Java (Gallus gallus bankiva). The roosters have a glossy blackish green plumage and are highly prized for their loud clear calls and striking colouration, while the hens are usually dull and infertile. Bekisars were traditionally used by the original inhabitants of the Sunda Islands as symbolic or spiritual mascots on outrigger canoes, and consequently spread over a wide area. The original hybrids are rarely fertile (and hens are generally sterile), but backcrosses with domestic chicken are sometimes achieved and thus several landraces of Pacific chickens have some Bekisar ancestry. While the hybrid is only of historical interest in most regions, on Java it is still being produced as a more stereotyped breed with several local varieties, known as Ayam Bekisar.
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  • The Bekisar, or Ayam Bekisar, is the first generation hybrid offspring of the Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius) and domesticated Red Junglefowl from Java (Gallus gallus bankiva). The roosters have a glossy blackish green plumage and are highly prized for their loud clear calls and striking colouration, while the hens are usually dull and infertile.
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