Scientific classification - Rheinardia ocellata
Species: R. ocellata
Also called Reinalto ocellato or Argus of Vietnam is a pheasant rare in nature, very rare in captivity, endemic to the forests of Vietnam. The scientific name commemorates the French commander Rheinart who first sent live specimens to Europe.
The male is among the largest pheasants, reaching 240 cm in length, of which only 200 in the tail, on the head it has a long black and white crest, the throat is white while the plumage is brown, mottled with gray, with red tints , speckled with small white ocelli, the female is brown speckled with black with shorter crest and tail, both sexes have brown eyes and legs and a pink beak. They complete the plumage and reach sexual maturity at the 3rd year of life.
Extremely rare in captivity, the subspecies of Malesya (Rheinardia ocellata.nigriscens) practically unobtainable, however, is a pheasant that in captivity is not very wild; being of tropical origins, he suffers from the cold and sudden changes in temperature, his diet is based on a good mixture for pheasants, insects, moths, fruit and vegetables. As well as the argus of the genus Argusianus also its nuptial parade is very beautiful, fan-widening the crest and tail and bowing repeatedly to the female who lays only 2 brownish eggs.
Reproduction: April May
Hatching: 24 25 days
Number of eggs: 2
Male of Argus Crested - Rheinardia ocellata (photo www.arkive.org)
Argo Crestato - Rheinardia ocellata (photo www.gbwf.org)