(Phasianidae; Ϯ White Eared Pheasant C. crossoptilon) Gr. κροσσοι krossoi  tassels, fringe; πτιλον ptilon  feather (cf. specific name Phasianus crossoptilon Hodgson, 1838 (see crossoptilon)); "Genus — new? Crossoptilon *, nob.  Type Phasianus Crossoptilon, nob.  Hab. Tibet.  ...  Like the true pheasant (Colchicus), our bird has no crest of any kind, though the feathers occupying the top of the head are of a peculiar kind, being short, velvety, thickset, erect, with their slightly discomposed and square points recurved a little to the front.  ...  * κροσσος a fringe; πτιλον a feather." (Hodgson 1838); "Crossoptilon Hodgson, Journ. As. Soc. Bengal, 7, 1838, p. 864. Type, by monotypy and tautonymy, Phasianus crossoptilon Hodgson." (Peters 1934, II, 110).
Var. Crossoptilum.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 18 December 2018).