Scientific classification - Crossoptilon spp.
Group of pheasants characterized by the similarity of the two sexes and the scarlet mask of bare skin around the eyes. They are large birds and owe their name to rigid feathers placed in the ear area.
Species originating in China; their habitat consists of small woods on the slopes of the mountains.
Since the sexes are similar, to distinguish them one must observe the spurs, which are always present in males.
Blue eared pheasant Crossoptilon auritum (photo Matt Tuttle www.gbwf.org)
Brown eared pheasant Crossoptilon mantchuricum (photo www.rarebirdsofchina.com)