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Malayan Peacock-Pheasant

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Alternative name: Malay Peacock-Pheasant

Polyplectron malacense


[edit] Identification

FemalePhoto © by darwin1601Taman Negara NP, Malaysia, June 2018
Photo © by darwin1601
Taman Negara NP, Malaysia, June 2018

Male 50–53 cm (19¾-20¾ in), Female 40–45 cm (15¾-17¾ in)

  • Spotted black, and brown overall plumage
  • Dark blue-green crest
  • Bare red facial skin
  • Bluish-white iris
  • Blue ocelli on upperbody plumage

The female is smaller and duller than male.

[edit] Distribution

South-east Asia: found from South Myanmar to southern Thailand and Malay Peninsula

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Evergreen lowland rainforests.

[edit] Behaviour

A shy and elusive bird.

[edit] Diet

There is not much information available about their diet. The is presumed to eat both insects and fruit.

[edit] Breeding

Again, little known. They are likely to be Polygynous.

[edit] References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2018)
  3. Wikipedia

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