Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron katsumatae

Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron katsumatae

Scientific classification - Polyplectron katsumatae

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

The rarest and most unknown of the spurs, it is endemic to the forests of the island of Hainan (China).

Morphological characteristics

And the smallest of the spurs, (the males do not reach 60 cm) the two sexes are very similar:
they have an overall brownish color with a gray / silver chin and throat, a red face mask and green eyes which are large, numerous, with metallic reflections and edged in white, while in the female (of a smaller size than the male) they are few, small and more opaque. They complete the plumage in the first year, reaching sexual maturity in the 2nd year of life.


Pheasant whose habits little is known being rare in nature and little bred in captivity; those who have had the privilege to breed and observe it describe it as a bird fairly resistant to the cold and not too demanding from the food point of view, as its diet consists of a mixture for pheasants, fruit and insects.

Reproduction: March May
Hatching: 22 days
Number of eggs: 10 12 (2 for each brood)
Cohabitation: monogamy

Spurs of Hainan, couple (photo

Spurs of Hainan, male (photo

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco

Video: Mountain Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron inopinatum 山孔雀雉 (September 2021).