Genus ITHAGENES

The Blood Pheasants are peculiar to the higher ranges of the Eastern Himalayas, Eastern Tibet and the neighbouring parts of China. They resemble the typical Pheasants in structure and in the difference of Coloration between the sexes, the female being very modestly clad, as in most Pheasants, whilst the males are handsome birds, grey above and apple-green below.

The tarsus is longer than the middle toe and claw, and bears two or more spurs (sometimes as many as 4 or 5) in males, not in females ; the bill is stout, and there is a considerable naked area round the eye. The 1st primary is much shorter than the 10th, the 5th usually longest; the tail, of 14 feathers and slightly rounded, is about the length of the wing. The plumage is long and soft, and the feathers lanceolate, and there is a full but not long crest on the crown.

Three species are known, but only one is Indian.

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 ITHAGENES
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
103
M_ID: 
1465
M_SN: 
Ithaginis
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1911

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