65. MARSHALL'S KOKLASS-PHEASANT.
Pucrasia biddulphi, Marshall.
MALE :—The upper plumage and sides of the body ashy streaked with black; the breast and belly dull dark chestnut, each feather margined with black.
FEMALE :—Not differing apparently from the female Common Koklass-Pheasant.
Vernacular Names :—None known.
Marshall's Koklass-Pheasant has hitherto only been obtained in Kashmir. One of the specimens in the British Museum was procured by Colonel Biddulph at Gilgit. The exact origin of the other specimens is not known. We are simply informed by the labels attached to them that they come from Kashmir. It is, however, probable that the present species ranges over the northern part of that country and that the Common Koklass-Pheasant inhabits the southern part only.
This species was described in 1879 by Colonel G. F. L. Marshall from a specimen sent to him by Colonel Biddulph. It seems to me a very recognisable species.
Nothing is recorded of the habits of this Pheasant, but it is hardly possible that they should differ in any respect from those of the Common Koklass.
No separate description of this Pheasant is necessary. The male differs from the male Common Koklass-Pheasant in having the chestnut of the breast continued on both sides of the neck so as to form a nearly complete collar. The colour of this collar, of the breast and of the belly, is a dull dark chestnut, not a rich chestnut as in the commoner species, and each feather of these parts is distinctly margined with black. In one specimen these margins are so broad that the general colour of the breast and belly appears to be a dark chocolate.
The female appears to be of quite the same colour as the female Common Koklass and undistinguishable from it.
Marshall's Koklass and the Common Koklass do not appear to differ in size.