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Atlas of Pheasants: Bulwer's Pheasant Lophura bulweri

Atlas of Pheasants: Bulwer's Pheasant Lophura bulweri

Classification and Distribution - Bulwer's Pheasant

Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Cordati
Subphylum: Vertebrates
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformi
Family: Phasianides
Genus: Lophura
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.

Distinctive characters

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)

Behavior

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
Cohabitation: monogamy

Bulwer's Pheasant female Lophura bulweri (photo http://orientalbirdimages.org)

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco


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