Polyplectron Temm., Pig. et Gall, ii, p. 363 (1813).
Type, Pavo bicalcaratus Linn.
The genus Polyplectron contains Pheasants of grey, grey-brown or bun: plumage, freely vermiculated or barred with darker and with metallic-coloured ocelli on the wings and tail.
The tail consists of 20 to 24 feathers, the central ones greatly exceeding the others in length, graduated to the outermost and shortest; the inner secondaries are almost as long as the primaries but not greatly lengthened as in Argusianus; the sides of the face are bare ; the tarsi are long and strong and are armed with two or more spurs on each leg; the plumage is soft and lax,
The females only differ from the males in being duller and less ornamented with ocelli.
Key to Species.
A.Crest of short hairy feathers in both sexes……………….P. bicalcaratum, p. 289.
B.Crest of pointed metallic feathers...............P. malaccensis, p.292.
C. No crest..............P. malaccensis, p. 292.