Lophophorus Temm., Pig. et Gal., ii, p. 355 (1813).
Type, Lophoporus refulgens Temm. = Phasianus impejanus Lath.
This genus contains three species of magnificent Pheasants which are distinguished by the metallic plumage of the males; the bill is long and greatly curved, the maxilla much overlapping the mandible ; the tarsi and feet are very powerful and heavy, the former feathered above and with a short shiny spur; the face is more or less naked and highly coloured; the wings much rounded, the first primary the shortest, the fifth and sixth subequal and longest; the tail is shorter than the wing, rounded in varying degree and contains 18 feathers.
The three species vary inter se so greatly that many systematists would place them in different genera—a procedure fortunately quite unnecessary, as there are so few species to be considered.
Key to Species.
A.Most of the upper plumage metallic.
a. Crest composed of feathers with naked shafts and spatulate ends; tail rufous tipped darker.............L. impejanus, p. 335.
b. Crest composed of abort curly feathers; tail black at base, then chestnut with a broad white terminal band...............L. sclateri, p. 337.
c.Crest of long slightly lanceolate feathers; tail metallic green with some white spots ., ………….L. l'huysii.
B.Upper plumage a mixture of buff, brown and rufous-buff, never metallic.
d.Lower back buff barred with black…………….L, impejanus, p. 335.
e. Lower back and rump pale earthy-white with narrow bars of brown.................L. sclateri, p. 337.
f. Lower back white………..L. l'huysii,
Lophophorus l'huysii does not occur within our limits but is found in Eastern Tibet and may some day be recorded.