63. THE BURMESE BARRED-BACKED PHEASANT.
Calophasis burmannicus, Oates.
MALE :—The feathers of the back and rump black broadly margined with white.
FEMALE :—Undistinguishable from the female Mrs. Hume's Barred-backed Pheasant.
Vernacular Name -.— Yit, Burmese.
The Burmese Barred-backed Pheasant is allied to, but quite distinct from, the preceding species. So far as is known, the present species occurs only on the hills which lie partly in Burma and partly in the Shan States, from the Ruby-Mines district down to Kalaw in the Thamakan State. It is probable that this species occurs farther east, at Toungyi, for Mr. A. H. Hildebrand informs me that he once met with a Pheasant at that place which resembled in shape the I described this new species in the Ibis, 1898, p. 124. English Pheasant, but he was unable to get it.
The British Museum has two pairs of this Pheasant in its collection of birds. One pair was presented by Mr. F. Atlay, who procured both birds in the Ruby-Mines district, and another pair was presented by Major G. Rippon, who, writing of the birds of Kalaw, Southern Shan States, remarks:—" I obtained only one male and one female of this handsome Pheasant. The female was shot after a long run up the side of a hill. When first seen she was picking about in a small valley between two pine-clad slopes. The male was got more easily in a rocky valley with a good deal of undergrowth, chiefly bamboo. A man was sent round towards the head of the valley with orders to walk slowly down towards me. The Pheasant, which had been seen to go into a thick clump, presently walked out, and was immediately shot. The skins of both were preserved."
The Burmese Barred-backed Pheasant differs from Mrs. Hume's Barred-backed Pheasant in the following particulars. I put these differences side by side for the sake of clearness ;—