(1914) Pucrasia macrolopha castanea.
THE CHESTNUT-MANTLED KOKLAS.
Pucrasia castanea Gould, P. Z. S., 1854, p. 99 (Kafiristan). Pucrasia macrolopha. Blanf. & Oates, iv, p. 84 (part.).
Vernacular names. None recorded.
Description.— Adult male. The chestnut on the hind-neck extends over the mantle; the rump is weakly marked with black and the chestnut of the fore-neck runs into the chin; nearly the whole of the breast and abdomen are chestnut, darker than in true macrolopha and more marked with black, especially on the flanks; the white on the breast and flanks is confined to narrow margins on a few feathers of the sides of the breast.
Measurements. Wing about 240 mm.; tail about 178 mm.; tarsus 43 mm.; spur about 10 mm.; culmen about 25 mm.; crest up to 104 mm.
Distribution. The Mountain Ranges of Afghanistan, Kafiristan and Chitral, where they border on the North-West Frontier of India.
Habits. Those of the genus. Fulton says that it is very common on the heavily-timbered mountain-side of Lower Chitral above 7,000 feet in Summer, coming lower in Winter. He adds that it is its call " Kok-kok-kok—kokras " that has led people to say the Jungle-Fowl occurs in these ranges. Though when uttered close by the sound is very different to that of the Jungle-Fowl's crow, it is not unlike in the far distance.