77. THE RUBY-MINES SILVER-PHEASANT.
Gennceus rufipes, n.sp.
MALE :—The whole upper plumage white; the web of each feather with four or five black lines, parallel to the margin of the feather; tail 18 inches in length or more; legs red.
FEMALE :—Not known. Vernacular Name :— Yit, Burmese.
When I visited the Ruby-Mines in 1895, I acquired a specimen of this very distinct species. Having at the time no means of comparing it with other species of this group, I identified it with G. andersoni when writing my list of the Birds from the Ruby-Mines (Journ. Bom. N.H. x., p. 112).
This Pheasant occurs in the Ruby-Mines District, and it will probably be found also in the mountains of the southern parts of the Bhamo District and throughout the Northern Shan States.
The allied Chinese Silver-Pheasant may be observed hereafter in the eastern parts of the Shan States. Like the present species, the male has red legs. The tail is much longer, however, and there is more white in the plumage.
The male of the present species has the crest glossy black. The whole upper plumage and the wing-coverts are white, each feather with four or five firm black lines on each web, running parallel to the margin of the feather. The exposed parts of the quills in the closed wing are black with broad oblique white bars. The whole lower plumage is glossy black. The tail-feathers are obliquely barred with black and white, except the inner web of the middle pair of feathers, which is white.
Length of male about 34 ; wing about 10; tail 18 or more. The skin of the face is crimson and the legs are bright red.
The female of this species is not known. The female of the allied Chinese species, G. nycthemerus, has the entire plumage sepia brown except the hinder part of the crest, which is black. The two middle tail-feathers are pale sepia brown, and the others are much mottled and barred with black.