THE BARRED-BACKED PHEASANTS.
The Pheasants of this group differ from the true or typical Pheasants in many points of structure. The tail is composed of only sixteen feathers, and the feathers of the rump, instead of being very long, soft and copious, are of the ordinary kind, short, firm, and rounded at the tip. The male has no ear-tufts.
The male has the sides of the head naked and brilliant red, but the female has merely a patch round the eye naked and of that colour. The feathers of the crown in both sexes are merely lengthened, forming a very short blunt crest.
Although the male has a tail which quite resembles in shape the tail of the true Pheasants, the female has the tail proportionately much shorter and broader than is the rule among the females of that group.
Of the two species now described, one is found to the west of the Irrawaddy River and the other to the east. A third species inhabits China. In this last the male may be known by the whole belly being white, and the female by the throat being black.