Gallus gallus | red junglefowl (domestic) | moa

Introduced

The first Polynesian settlers brought moa, or red junglefowl, to Hawaiʻi centuries ago. This tropical, forest-dwelling chicken is colorful rusty red with long curved black tail feathers and a red comb atop their head. The males can be 30 inches long compared to the drab colored females at 17 inches long. Hawaiians valued them as a food resource and throughout Polynesia their feathers were used in cloaks for royalty.