55. THE BRONZE-BACKED MOONAL-PHEASANT.
Lophophorus chambanus, Marshall.
MALE :—Tail entirely chestnut; no white on the back.
FEMALE :—Not known.
Vernacular Names :—None known.
This magnificent Pheasant, which is even more gorgeous than the Common Moonal, was discovered by Colonel C. H. T. Marshall in the Chamba State, N. W. Himalayas, where it appears to be restricted to the Birnota Forest.
This .species is very rare in collections, and the British Museum only possesses two specimens, both males. The female is unknown.
The male bird has a very general resemblance to the male Common Moonal-Pheasant, but differs, however, conspicuously in having the back of a bronze or brown colour and not white. The lower plumage also differs in being highly glossed with blue, purple and green reflexions. A third distinction is that some of the feathers covering the base of the tail above are rich maroon with glossy green tips.
The length of a male bird is about 26 ; wing about 12 ; tail about 9.