931. Chrysolophus pictus

931. GOLDEN PHEASANT.
CHRYSOLOPHUS PICTUS.
Chrysolophus pictus (Linn.), Syst. Nat. i. p. 272 (1766) ; Gould, B. of As. Vi. pl. 19 ; (Elliot), Monogr. Phas. pl. xv. ; (David and Oust.), Ois, Chine, p. 414 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 339 ; (Berezov, and Bianchi), Ptitz. Gan-su, p. 17.
Kin-ky, Chinese.
Male ad. (China). Crown, long crest, lower back, and tail-coverts rich yellow ; nuchal cape golden yellow margined with glossy bluish black ; fore back glossy dark green margined with bluish black ; outer secon¬daries purplish blue ; scapulars rich crimson ; wing-coverts chestnut mottled with black ; some of the lateral tail-coverts scarlet ; middle tail-feathers and elongated tail-coverts black, ocellated with warm brown, the latter with the terminal half crimson, the former tipped with pale buff, the outer tail-feathers rufous buff, barred with black ; chin, upper throat, and middle of lower abdomen warm buff ; rest of under parts rich scarlet ; bill greenish yellow ; legs greenish horn ; iris brown. Culmen 1.0, wing 7.7, tail 27.0, tarsus 2.7 inch. The female has the head and upper back brown, barred with buff and black, the lower back, rump and upper tail-coverts paler brown vermiculated with black ; under parts buff, the chin and throat paler, the former all but the middle of the abdomen barred with blackish ; middle tail feathers brown, irregu¬larly barred with black, the rest more rufous, marked with buff, and barred and mottled with blackish ; tail 14.0.
Hab. The mountains of Western and Southern China ; Koko-nor ; south-east and south-west Kan-su.
Inhabits the woods and the mountains at a moderate altitude, and is a resident throughout its range. I have never seen any eggs but those laid in confinement, which are uniform cream- colour or pale buff, and measure about 1.26 by 1.6.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
931. Chrysolophus pictus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
931
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
668
Common name: 
Golden Pheasant
M_ID: 
1620
M_CN: 
Golden Pheasant
M_SN: 
Chrysolophus pictus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10268

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