Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron bicalcaratum

Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron bicalcaratum

Scientific classification - Polyplectron bicalcaratum

Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Cordati
Subphylum: Vertebrates
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformi
Family: Phasianides
Genus: Polyplectron
Species: P. biacalcaratum

Also known as the Gray or Burmese Spurs, it is among the Spurs of the highest tonnage and the most bred in captivity; it is native to south-eastern Asia, between Siam and Burna, where it lives between flat and hilly forests.

Morphological characteristics

The male is about 70 80 cm long, has a gray-brown plumage, adorned with green spots stained with blue-violet, on the head it has a crest that descends on the tufted beak which then erects during the wedding parade; the face is dirty white / ocher, the throat and eye are white while the legs and beak are gray. The female is smaller and has a darker gray plumage than the male, and the ocelli are also smaller and opaque. It is possible to make a sexing of the chickens already around two months when the males already have brighter colors and larger tonnage. Complete the plumage at the 1st year of age, but reach sexual maturity during the 2nd year of life. Five subspecies belong to the Speroniere chinquis: Ghigii, Bakeri, Bicalcaratum Bicalcatarum, Bailyi and Katsumatae.


As elusive as all the pheasants in the wild, in captivity it proves meek and peaceful, even with other species of pheasant, the only drawback of its breeding is the verse which turned out to be particularly strong and unpleasant, however its wedding parade is splendid.
Reproduction: February March;
Hatching: 22 days;
Number of eggs: 8 10 (2 for each brood);
Cohabitation: monogamy.

Chinquis male spurs (photo

Female Chinquis spurs with her pullo (photo

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco

Video: One pair of Malay peacock pheasant (September 2021).