915. Phasianus persicus

915. PERSIAN PHEASANT.
PHASIANUS PERSICUS.
Phasianus persicus, Severtzoff, Bull. Mosc, xlviii. pl. 3, p. 208 (1870) ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 324 ; Dresser, ix. p. 317, pl. 701.
Kargowal Gargaul, Persian.
Male ad. (Transcaspia). Differs from P. colchicus in having the feathers on the breast and fore part of the back less rufous and more golden orange in colour, the rump and upper tail-coverts coppery red. the breast and sides of abdomen washed with purplish carmine, the feathers on the flanks with broader purplish black margin, those on the breast with narrower margins, the black bars on the tail much narrower, and the lesser and median wing-coverts nearly white. Culmen 1.2, wing 9.5, tail 19.8, taraus 2.9 inch. The female is undistinguishable from that of P. colchicus.
Hab. The south-east Caspian, the valleys of the Soumbar, Tschandyr and Atrek rivers, Achour-Ade and the peninsula of Potemkine, north to the main portions of the Kopet-dag, Kuerendag, and Zar-i-kouh mountains.
In habits it does not differ from P. colchicus, and like that species is a ground breeder, depositing in May 8 to 10 eggs, olivaceous grey-green with a leather-yellow tinge, which measure about 1.67 by 1.43.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
915. Phasianus persicus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
915
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
661
Common name: 
Persian Pheasant
M_ID: 
1587
M_SN: 
Phasianus colchicus persicus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10633

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