Classification and Distribution - Bulwer's Pheasant
Species: L. bulweri
Endemic to Indonesia, Borneo and Malaysia, where it lives in dense forests; it is a rather difficult pheasant to observe in nature and is not very common in captivity.
The male has a blue bluish face provided with two long wattles which hang on the sides of the head and which lengthen when the male is excited, the plumage is blue purple while the long curved tail is formed by thirty white candid feathers; the female is brown with a dark blue head; both sexes have red eyes and pinkish legs; they reach full plumage and sexual maturity the second year of life.
Male of Bulwer's Pheasant Lophura bulweri (photo www.faisanesdelmundo.com)
Her wedding parade is very beautiful to observe: the male courts the female bowing before her, stretches the wattles to the ground and opens the tail like a fan. And yet a very shy bird, in captivity is difficult to reproduce, needs large aviaries, with a lot of vegetation where it can hide and feel safe.
Reproduction: April May
Hatching: 24 26 days
Number of eggs: 2 8
Bulwer's Pheasant female Lophura bulweri (photo http://orientalbirdimages.org)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco