Genus PUCRASIA

This genus of Pheasants, of which the Himalayan Pukras or Koklas is the type, is readily distinguished by having the upper tail-coverts nearly as long as the tail, and the sides of the head feathered. The tail, equal to the wing in length in the female, and a little longer in the male, consists of 16 feathers, and is wedge-shaped, the middle pair of rectrices being twice the length of the outer pair. The male has an elongate occipital crest, consisting of a median anterior tuft, differing in colour from the very elongate lateral posterior tufts ; the crest in the female is short. The wings are much rounded. Tarsus about equal to the middle toe and claw in the female, longer and armed with a spur in males.

Pucrasia ranges from Nepal to Afghanistan, and two species are found in China, but none in the Eastern Himalayas. The birds found within Indian limits appear to be varieties of one specific form.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
Genus PUCRASIA
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
84
M_ID: 
1489
M_SN: 
Pucrasia
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1893

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