The Snow-Cocks are magnificent birds, the size of a large fowl, confined to the higher parts of the Himalayas. In the two species which are found in India, the sexes appear to be similar in plumage, and there has been some controversy on this subject. After carefully studying the birds of this group in the British Museum, of which there is a large series, I am of opinion that the sexes are alike in colour.
In this group the male is very much larger than the female, and the former is furnished with a large blunt spur on each leg. The tail is of fair size, rounded and composed of as many as 20 or 22 feathers. A lengthened patch behind the eye is bare of feathers and is of a yellow colour in the larger species, red in the smaller. The first quill of the wing is very long, reaching nearly to the tip of the wing; and this character, combined with the large number of tail-feathers, will suffice to separate these birds from all the other Indian game birds.