66. THE NEPAL KOKLASS-PHEASANT.
Pucrasia nepalensis, Gould.
MALE :—The upper plumage and the sides of the body black, each feather narrowly margined with ashy.
FEMALE :—Not differing apparently from the female of the other two species of this group.
Vernacular Name :—Pokrass, Nepal.
The Nepal Koklass-Pheasant inhabits the interior of Nepal. Dr. Scully informs us that this species is not uncommon in the western portion of the Nepal Himalayas, but does not occur in any part of the hills so far to the east as the valley of Nepal. All the specimens I have seen have been procured by Mr. Hodgson or Dr. Scully, and many of them bear signs of having been kept in captivity.
Dr. Scully remarks :—" Unfortunately I can give no details about the habits of this Pheasant from personal observation; it is said to be plentiful about Jumla, where it is found not far from the snows. In confinement the birds became very tame and seemed to prefer green leaves and shoots, etc., to grain, for food."
The male of this species has the same general style of coloration as the male Common Koklass-Pheasant, but differs in having the feathers of the entire mantle and the sides of the breast and body deep black, very narrowly margined with ashy; the back, rump, and the shorter feathers over the tail being similarly deep black but with broader ashy margins; and every part of the visible portions of the closed wings also deep black, with broad chestnut margins. The feathers of the mantle, in some males, have broad chestnut margins in the place of narrow ashy ones. The breast and belly are of the same rich chestnut as in the Common Koklass.
The female does not differ apparently in any particular from the female Common Koklass.
The dimensions of this species are slightly smaller than the corresponding dimensions of the Common Koklass, and it is not necessary to give them separately.