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Atlas of Pheasants: Salvadori's Pheasant Lophura inornata

Atlas of Pheasants: Salvadori's Pheasant Lophura inornata

Classification and distribution - Salvadori's pheasant

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

Pheasant not very raised, in nature it is endemic to the mountains of Vietnam where it lives among the dense forests; the name commemorates the Italian scholar Tommaso Salvadori.

Distinctive characters

The scientific name (L. inornata) means "without ornament", as the plumage is of a uniform bluish-blue color with black tips of the wings and tail, the female is dark brown on the upper part of the body and lighter on the front , with black tails, both sexes have red facial mask (darker in the male) with a yellow spot behind the eyes and gray legs. They complete the plumage between the first and second year and are sexually mature in the second year. A subspecies belongs to the Salvadori pheasant: the Aceh pheasant (Lophura inornata hoogerwerfi) endemic to northern Sumatra, where it lives in the forests of Gunung Leuser national park; discovered in the late 1940s thanks to the finding of female feathers, it has recently been found in some markets of the Medan (north of Sumatra). These species complete the plumage between the first and second year and are sexually mature in the second year.

Male and female of Pheasant of Salvadori (photo www.faisanesdelmundo.com)

Behavior

Poorly bred pheasants (the subspecies is practically unknown in captivity) also because of its plumage which is inconspicuous, despite being very docile and tends to give a lot of confidence to those who raise it; its breeding does not present particular difficulties as it is less sensitive to cold than other species of the genus "Lophura" and its feeding is quite frugal, composed of a good mixture of food for pheasants and grains integrated with fruit and vegetables. The female usually makes 3 broods (4 if the season is favorable) from 2 eggs at a time.

Reproduction: April / June
Hatching: 22 23 days
Number of eggs: 3 4 broods of 2 eggs each
Cohabitation: monogamy

Salvadori's Pheasant female (photo www.oiseaux.net)

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco


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