960. Tetraophasis obscurus

960. MOUPIN PHEASANT.
TETRAOPHASIS OBSCURUS.
Tetraophasis obscurus (Verr.), N. Arch. Mus. Bull. v. p. 33, pl. vi. (1869) ; Elliot, Mon. Phas. pl. xxi. ; Gould, B. of As. vii. pl. 44 ; Prjev. Mongol, i Strana Tangut. &c, ii. p. 429, pl. xx. fig. 2 (egg) ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 102.
Cundeck, Tangut.
Male ad. (Kan-su). Crown and sides of head dark grey, the former with dark shaft-stripes ; neck and upper parts wood-brown with a few dark spots, the wing-coverts and secondaries with broad grey-white terminal margins ; lower back, rump, and tail-coverts greyish brown, the last with pale tips ; quills brown ; middle tail-feathers greyish brown, vermiculated with dark brown, the rest blackish brown broadly tipped with white ; chin and front of throat rich chestnut ; breast pale slate-grey with blackish spots ; rest of under parts brownish grey broadly tipped with pale is┬Čabelline ; under tail-coverts warm chestnut, tipped with white ; tarsi spurred. Culmen 1.45, wing 8.5, tail 6.3, tarsus 2.1 inch. Female similar but without spurs.
Hab. Eastern Tibet, Koko-nor, Kan-su, east to Szechuen. Inhabits the central mountain ranges where these are wooded, and bush-covered rocks and ravines. Its note resembles that of Crossoptilum auritum but is more varied and prolonged. In the pairing season and also when surprised, it erects the tail spreading it out fan-like, and droops the wings. The pairing season commences in March, and the nest is said to be placed on the ground under thick bushes, and constructed of grass, and the eggs, which are deposited late in April, are yellowish grey or dirty grey spotted with brown, the spots being most numerous at the smaller end, and measure about 1.9 by 1.48 to 2.3 by 1.53.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
960. Tetraophasis obscurus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
960
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
686
Common name: 
Moupin Pheasant
M_ID: 
1106
M_CN: 
Verreaux's Monal-Partridge
M_SN: 
Tetraophasis obscurus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10567

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