913. Phasianus principalis

913. MURGHAB PHEASANT.
PHASIANUS PRINCIPALIS.
Phasianus principalis, Selater, P.Z.S. 1885, p. 322, pl. xxii. ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 325 ; Dresser, ix. p. 321, pl. 702 ; “P. Komarovi, Bogd.,” Zarudny, Ois. Transcasp. p. 63 (1885).
Kargooule, Tekke.
Male ad. (Merv). Differs from P. colchicus in having the wing-coverts white, the ground colour of the upper parts golden orange, tinged with brick-red on the lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts ; tail redder, the bars narrower and further apart ; under parts, more especially the breast, richly tinted with peach-carmine. Culmen 1.3, wing 9.4, tail 22.0, tarsus 2.7 inch. The female is much paler than that of P. colchicus, the general colour being pale clay-buff, and the dark markings are fewer.
Hab. Transcaspia and Afghanistan, the rivers Murghab, Tedgend, and Dushak, the district of Kaakuk, and along the rivers running from the mountains of Deregez and Keliat to the N. and N.E ; North-eastern Persia.
In habits and nidification it does not differ from P. colchicus, and like that species it affects damp wooded localities, and makes its nest on the ground, depositing late in May, 8 to 12, and even, it is said, as many as 18 eggs, which closely resemble those of P. colchicus. A specimen in the Tring Museum, labelled P. kancarowii, does not differ from typical P. principalis.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
913. Phasianus principalis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
913
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
660
Common name: 
Murghab Pheasant
M_ID: 
1588
M_SN: 
Phasianus colchicus principalis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10572

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