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Bornean Peacock-Pheasant (Polyplectron schleiermacheri)


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Family: PHASIANIDAE

Pheasants are a worldwide family of ground-living birds with short round wings, but often long tails. Males are usually very decorative while females are drably camouflaged. They nest on the ground but roost in trees. Some species have loud, clear calls. Many species have wing-whirring or shaking displays. Most species have fighting spurs on the males' legs. Flight is flurried and usually only for short distances, but the birds can run well.

There are 22 species in the Greater Sundas. None is migratory.

Description: Medium-sized (male 42 cm, female 38 cm) pheasant marked with metallic (green in male, blue in female) eye-spots on the wings and tail. Male has metallic green crest and purplish green iridescent breast with white throat and breast patch. Female is duller and bluer. Both sexes have contrasting pale buff chin, and throat.

Iris-yellow; bill-dark greenish; bare facial skin-red; legs and feet-black. Male has two spurs.

Voice: A melancholic, double whistle hor-hor.

Range: Endemic to Borneo.

Distribution and status: Sight records of this species from Sumatra are presumed to be erroneous as no specimens have ever been collected there. In Borneo a rare bird known only from scattered localities in lowland forest, to 1100 m.

Habits: A shy bird of primary forest. Roosts in trees but walks quietly about the forest floor by day. Males call and display their wings and tail but do not have dancing grounds.