The singular bird which is the sole representative of the Blood-Pheasants in India is found at high altitudes in the Himalayas.
In this group the sexes are very differently coloured, but they both have a thick crest of soft uniformly-narrow feathers about an inch and a half in length. This character, combined with their size, which is that of a small fowl, and their tail, which is of moderate size, rounded and composed of 14 feathers, should suffice to separate the Blood-Pheasants from all other game birds.
In the male the plumage is much lanceolated, and there are generally two spurs on each leg, occasionally as many as four or five. The plumage of the female is of the ordinary kind and the leg is seldom furnished with a spur.
In the Blood-Pheasants the first quill of the wing is shorter than the tenth, which is nearly equal to the second.