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Atlas of Pheasants: Harman Crossoptilon harmani's eared pheasant

Atlas of Pheasants: Harman Crossoptilon harmani's eared pheasant

Classification and distribution - Harman's eared pheasant


Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Cordati
Subphylum: Vertebrates
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformi
Family: Phasianides
Genus: Crossoptilon
Species: C. harmani

Harman's eared pheasant has recently been classified as a separate species as it has long been considered a subspecies of the white eared pheasant; it is endemic to the forested mountains of India and Tibet.

Distinctive characters

The two sexes are similar, have a plumage with various shades of blue grayish, throat and ear tufts are white as well as a large spot on the belly, while the legs are light red, the female is identical the male, but smaller and usually without spurs in the legs. They complete the plumage in the first year but are sexually mature only the following year.

Harman eared pheasant female Crossoptilon harmani (photo www.tibetbirds.com)

Behavior

The less common of the eared pheasants, both in nature and in captivity, is of a wilder nature than the other representatives of the genus and should be bred in large aviaries and in non-warm places, does not fear the cold being a species of high mountain; his diet is based on a good mixture for pheasants, vegetables and insects.

Reproduction: April / June
Hatching: 24 25 days
Number of eggs: 5 15
Cohabitation: monogamy


Male of eared pheasant of Harman Crossoptilon harmani (photo http://orientalbirdimages.org)

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco


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