Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron inopinatum

Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron inopinatum

Scientific classification - Polyplectron inopinatum

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

Also known as Rothdschild spurs, it is endemic to the Malaysian mountains; its scientific name means "unexpected", being the last species of spurs discovered in chronological order.

Morphological characteristics

Spurs with inconspicuous colors: the male has black / bluish ocelli on the wings and green on the tail, while the female, smaller and with a shorter tail, has few and small black ocelli, for the rest both sexes have black eyes, legs gray and brown plumage on the upper part of the body and on the wings and black smoke on the lower part. They complete the plumage at the 1st year of age, reaching sexual maturity between the 1st and 2nd year of life.


Sparrow hunter little known and widespread in captivity, although it is less complicated to breed it than other species of its genus as it is less sensitive to low temperatures and more frugal as regards the feeding that provides a mixture for pheasants integrated with plants and insects.

Reproduction: April May
Hatching: 20 days
Number of eggs: 6 8 (2 for each brood)
Cohabitation: monogamy

Speroniere Montano, couple (photo

Speroniere Montano, female (photo

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco

Video: Silver Pheasant drumming (September 2021).