Syrmaticus Wagler, Isis, 1832, p. 1229.
Type by monotypy, Phasianus reevesi Gray.
This genus is divided from the true Pheasants of the genus Phasianus in having the rump-feathers compact and rounded instead of long, lanceolate and hairy in character. The bare space round the eye in the males is never developed into wattles as it is in those birds. The characters are slight but are now universally accepted, even by the " lumpers," as sufficient and I also accept them for the sake of uniformity.
In the birds of these two genera there is no crest; the tail of 16 or 18 feathers is very long and strongly graduated and is not compressed ; the wings are rounded, the first primary being intermediate in length between the 7th and 10th ; the face is bare in the male, feathered in the female;' the tarsi are long and stout, the male having long spurs often showing as blunt knobs in the females ; the sexes are not alike.
Pour species are generally placed in this genus which are all, Eastern Asiatic forms, one only coming into the Indian fauna.