THE CHEER-PHEASANTS.

THE CHEER-PHEASANTS.

The only species of this group has the general form of our English Pheasant, but is chested and has the plumage non-metallic. The sexes resemble each other closely in general coloration.

The tail of this Pheasant is of great length, straight, pointed and composed of eighteen feathers. These are much graduated, the outermost feather falling very far short of the middle point of the central pair. The crest is composed of soft and narrow feathers, quite three inches long in the male and two inches in the female. The male has a spur on each leg. In both sexes the sides of the head are naked and crimson, this space being large in the male, but smaller,, and confined to a large circle round the eye, in the female. The male has no ear-tufts.

The only species known is confined to the Himalayas.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of The Game Birds Of India(land Birds)
Reference: 
Oates, Eugene Wifliam. A manual of the game birds of India. Vol.1. 1898.
Title in Book: 
THE CHEER-PHEASANTS.
Book Author: 
Eugene William Oates
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
292
Common name: 
THE CHEER-PHEASANTS.
Volume: 
Vol. 1
id: 
9731

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