Scientific classification - Polyplectron schleiermacheri
Species: P. schleiermacheri
Rare pheasant, but not the rarest of the spurs is considered by some scholars to be a subspecies of the Malaysian spurs; it is endemic to the forests and forests of Borneo.
The plumage of the male is brown with green and blue ocelli on the wings and on the tail, on the head it has a short dark gray crest with violet reflections, from the throat a strip of white feathers descends to the chest, bluish-green, delimiting it in two sides, the belly is black, while the brown tail is marbled in dark brown and black; the female is light brown with few ocelli and speckled with black, both sexes have light red facial mask, blue eyes, legs and gray beak. This species completes the plumage at the 1st year of age, reaching sexual maturity between the 1st and 2nd year of life.
Rare spurs, both in nature and in captivity, although through various projects implemented by the center for the reproduction of endangered species in Singapore, in collaboration with the WPA (World Phesant Association) and some centers in Europe, we are witnessing the recovery of the species. Its breeding seems not to be particularly difficult, as it does not require large aviaries, being sufficiently mild to be a spurs, on the other hand it suffers very low temperatures, therefore all the necessary precautions must be taken if raised in cold places; its feeding is based on a good mixture for pheasants integrated with fruit, vegetables and insects. The female lays a single egg, however if it is removed, there are chances that she will make other broods.
Reproduction: April May
Hatching: 22 days
Number of eggs: 6 7 (1 for each brood)
Borneo male spurs (photo www.gbwf.org)
Borneo spurs female (photo www.fishnbirds.net)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco