Genus PHASIANUS

In the true Pheasants the tail is long in the males and greatly graduated, shorter in the females, but still longer than the wing, and composed in both sexes of 16 or 18 feathers. There is no crest, but there are small " ear-tufts " in the male, one on each side of the occiput. The area round the eye is naked. Wing well rounded ; first primary about equal to the 8th and longer than the 10th.

Sexes very dissimilar; a spur on each tarsus in the male.
This genus contains 20 species and ranges throughout temperate Asia from Eastern Europe to Japan. It is not represented in the Himalayas, but two species are found in Manipur and Burma.

Key to the Species.

a. 16 tail-feathers; cross-bars on middle rectrices about an inch apart in female, much more in male………………………….P. humiae, p. 80.
b. 18 tail-feathers; black cross-bars on middle rectrices much less than an inch apart in both sexes………………………….P. elegans, p. 81.

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 PHASIANUS
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
80
M_ID: 
1569
M_SN: 
Syrmaticus
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1888

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