- Crossoptilon crossoptilon
- White body with varying amounts of grey depending on subspecies
- Velvety black crown
- Red facial skin
- Small, dark tail
- Small ear-tufts
Sexes are similar, but the hens are usually smaller.
Himalayas of south-eastern Tibet, western Sichuan and north-western Yunnan.
Photo by baboon
Yajiang, Sichuan Province, China
, June 2007
- C. c. harmani - "Tibetan Eared-Pheasant"; Rhododendron forests of southern Tibet and adjacent north-eastern India
- C. c. drouynii - Montane forests of eastern Tibet
- C. c. dolani - West-central China (southern Qinghai)
- C. c. crossoptilon - South-western China (western Sichuan) to south-eastern Tibet and extreme north-eastern India
- C. c. lichiangense - South-central China (north-western Yunnan)
Rhododendron forests; montane forests, rocky hillsides in coniferous forests, also in mixed forests in summer to the snow line.
The diet includes pine needles, juniper berries, wolf berries, and the desiccated seed pods of iris, lily and allium.
Four to seven buff eggs are laid and are incubated for 24 days.
- Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
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