Scientific classification - Polyplectron chalcurum
Species: P. chalcurum
Also called bronze-tailed spurs, it is a pheasant of modest size, inconspicuous and widespread, it is endemic to the Sumatra mountains where it lives among the forests at about 600 1500 m above sea level.
It is the only spur that does not present ocelli on the plumage; the two sexes are very similar: both have a dark brown color slightly streaked with chestnut and tail that has blue / purple feathers, the female is however smaller and has a shorter tail; it has 1 subspecies: the Polyplectron chalcurum scutulatum, which inhabits the north of Sumatra and differs from the original species for the more evident streaks of the plumage. The species described complete the plumage at the 1st year of age, reaching sexual maturity at the 2nd year of life.
In nature many of its habits are practically unknown, in captivity, where it is not very popular, also because of its inconspicuous plumage, it proves restless and wild, even with the female despite being a monogamous species; it needs a spacious shady and rich vegetation aviary so as to feel safe to encourage courtship and mating, suffers from the cold, therefore it is preferable not to breed it in areas with mild temperatures, or otherwise take the necessary precautions with sheets and heating systems artificial, its feeding, not as easy as in most of the spurs, must be composed of a highly protein mixture for pheasants that must be integrated with insect and vegetable moths.
Reproduction: March May
Hatching: 22 days
Number of eggs: 8 10 (2 for each brood)
Male and female of Sumatran spur-chaser (photo www.faisanesdelmundo.com)
Sumatran chalcedony spurs (photo www.faisanesdelmundo.com)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco