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(syn. Lophura Ϯ Silver Pheasant L. nycthemera) Specific name Phasianus nycthemera Linnaeus, 1758; "The pheasants of China and Thibet form a no less striking feature in Asiatic ornithology; five species of magnificent plumage are peculiar: one of these, the elegant Silver Pheasant (Nycthemerus argentatus) (fig. 80.), has been long domesticated in our aviaries" (Swainson in Murray 1834); "Nycthemerus, Sw.  Head furnished with naked wattles.   N. pictus. Pl. Enl. 217.   N. argentatus. Pl. Enl. 123" (Swainson 1837).


Gr. νυξ nux, νυκτος nuktos  night; ἡμερα hēmera  day.