10. Pavo muticus.
THE BURMESE PEA-FOWL.
Muticus = curtailed or docked.
Doun, Doting (Burmese); Marait (Talain); Tusia (Karen); Bourong marah, Malay.
Male 40" to 48", train 24" to 44"; 8 1/2 to 11 lbs. Female 36" to 44", tail 16". Legs horny brown. Bill greyish. — Male: Long crest of ten or more feathers regularly barbed from base. Blue crown. Facial skin blue, fringed beneath with chrome-yellow. Neck-feathers olive-bronze, with purple and green centres and narrow black borders. Lesser wing-coverts, tertiaries, and their coverts and scapulars of uniform colour and unbarred. Thighs black.— Female: Neck as in the male. Back and rump brown, barred and mottled buff. (H. & M. i. 93).
Pound wild in Chittagong and Aracan, Burma to Siam, Cochin China, Malay Peninsula, and Java. Sumatra doubtful. Eggs similar to those of P. cristatus. The train begins to grow at the autumn moult, and attains its greatest development by December. (B. 1325. O. 58.)
NOTE.— The tail is longer than wing in both sexes of the following, viz. Poly-plectrum, Argusianus, Crossoptilum, Catreus, Phasianus, and Chrysolophus.