Genus ARGUSIANUS

The true Argus Pheasants are large birds distinguished by the enormous development of the secondary quills, which are of great breadth, nearly twice as long as the primaries in males, and decidedly longer than the primaries in females, and by the long median tail-feathers of the males, more than twice the length of the next pair. There are 12 feathers in the tail, which is graduated; the tarsus is long, without any spur; and the sides of the face, the chin, throat, and fore parts of the neck are naked. The plumage is spotted with black, brown, buff, and white, forming singularly beautiful patterns.

Two species are known—one from South Tenasserim, the Malay Peninsula, and Sumatra, the other from Borneo ; a third is indicated by some feathers of unknown origin. An allied form, Rheinardtius ocellatus, is found in Tonquin.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus ARGUSIANUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
71
M_ID: 
1640
M_SN: 
Argusianus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1880

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