Genus LOPHURA

The Fireback Pheasants, which form the present genus, only differ from Gennaeus (1) in having a fuller crest, which occupies the greater part of the crown instead of being confined to the occiput, and forms a brush of bare shafted feathers ending in hairlike plumes; (2) in the rump of the male being fiery bronze-red. The male, too, is more richly metallic in colour, and the female is chestnut above, not brown.

The tail, of 16 feathers, is laterally compressed, and in the male the median feathers diverge considerably at the ends, the third pair from the middle being slightly the longest; outer pairs much shorter.

Three species are known, ranging from South Tenasserim through the Malay Peninsula, Siam,and Cambodia to Sumatra and Borneo. Only one occurs in British Burma.

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 LOPHURA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
87
M_ID: 
1517
M_SN: 
Lophura
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1895

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