919. Phasianus strauchi

919. STRAUCH'S PHEASANT.
PHASIANUS STRAUCHI.
Phasianus strauchi, Prjev. Mongol, i Strana Tangut, ii. p. 119, pl. xvii. (1876) ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 330.
Male ad. (Kan-su). Upper parts much as in P. colchicus, but the lower neck more orange in tinge, the lower back washed with green, the sides of the rump, upper tail-coverts, and margins of the tail-feathers bluish, with a faint greenish tinge ; tail more boldly barred than in P. colchicus ; wing-coverts blue ; under parts darker and more bluish purple in tinge. Culmen 1.2 wing 9.7, tail 23.0, tarsus 2.55. The female resembles that of P. colchicus, but is rather darker.
Hab. The wooded portions of the Kan-su Mountains to an altitude of 10,000 feet, being most numerous in the Tetunga and Buguk-gol valleys ; the mountains of Szechuen.
In habits it does not differ from its allies. It is resident and breeds in Kan-su, the breeding season being from early in April to the middle of July.
A specimen in the Rothschild collection obtained by Berezovski in Kan-su, has the upper parts rather paler and more boldly marked, the tail more purplish grey in tinge, the bars broader ; breast and flanks golden orange with narrow black margins to the feathers.
Phasianus decollatus, Swinhoe (P.Z.S. 1870, p. 135), may probably be found within the limits of the Palaearctic area, but I do not find any proof that such is the case. It differs from P. strauchi in having the sides and flanks buff instead of orange- red, and from P. torquatus in having the wing-coverts blue, the rump bluer, and the white collar very indistinct or wanting.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
919. Phasianus strauchi
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
919
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
663
Common name: 
Strauchs Pheasant
M_ID: 
1598
M_SN: 
Phasianus colchicus strauchi
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10866

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