THE TRUE PHEASANTS.
The typical Pheasants, or those which resemble our common English Pheasant in structure, are represented within our limits by a single species which has recently been found to occur in the Northern Shan States. Probably other species may be met with presently in that large mountainous territory.
In the true Pheasants the tail is composed of 18 feathers and is long, straight, narrow and pointed. The feathers are much graduated, the outermost pair falling far short of the middle point of the central pair. The feathers of the rump are very soft, long and ample, and fall over the base of the tail.
In both sexes the feathers of the crown are somewhat lengthened, forming a very short blunt crest.
The male has the sides of the head naked and brilliant red; a pair of ear-tufts pointing backwards; and a spur on each leg.
The sexes in the true Pheasants are very different in colour, and the male is considerably larger than the female.