Rheinardtius ocellatus

CRESTED ARGUS.

Rheinardtius ocellatus.

As a local race of this magnificent bird, previously only known 'from Tonquin, has of late been found to occur at Pahang in the Malay Peninsula, it may claim brief notice here. It is a bird of general speckled-brown coloration, like the true argus, and the hens are not unlike, except that that of the crested species has a strong bushy crest at the back of the head like her mate ; the head is also more feathered in both sexes. The cock has ordinary-sized wings without eye-spots, but a most extravagant tail, several feet long, with broad but tapering feathers marked with brown eye-spots with white centres ; a single one of these feathers would easily identify him.

BookTitle: 
Indian Sporting Birds
Reference: 
Finn, Frank. Indian Sporting Birds. Edwards, 1915.
Title in Book: 
Rheinardtius ocellatus
Book Author: 
Frank Finn
Year: 
1915
Page No: 
170
Common name: 
Crested Argus
id: 
12359

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