French: Ithagine ensanglantée German: Blutfasan Spanish: Faisán ensangrentado
Subspecies and Distribution
I. c. cruentus
(Hardwicke, 1821) – N Nepal and immediately adjacent S Tibet.
I. c. affinis
Beebe, 1912 – NE India (Sikkim), W Bhutan and SE Tibet.
I. c. tibetanus
E. C. S. Baker, 1914 – E Bhutan and SE Tibet (E of affinis).
I. c. kuseri
Beebe, 1912 – NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh and Upper Assam) and S China (E Tibet, NW Yunnan).
I. c. geoffroyi
J. P. Verreaux, 1867 – SE Tibet.
I. c. marionae
Mayr, 1941 – border between NE Myanmar and S China (in W Yunnan).
I. c. rocki
Riley, 1925 – CS China (Mekong Valley, in NW Yunnan).
I. c. holoptilus
Greenway, 1933 – CS China (known only from Lijiang District, in Yunnan).
I. c. clarkei
Rothschild, 1920 – CS China (Lijiang Range, in NW Yunnan).
I. c. michaelis
Bianchi, 1903 – NC China (NW Gansu and adjacent N Qinghai).
I. c. beicki
Mayr & Birckhead, 1937 – NC China (NE Qinghai).
I. c. berezowskii
Bianchi, 1903 – C China (S Gansu and N Sichuan).
I. c. annae
Mayr & Birckhead, 1937 – WC China (NW Sichuan).
I. c. sinensis
David, 1873 – C China (Qinling Mts, in Shaanxi).
Male 44–48 cm (tail 16·5–18 cm); female 39·5–42 cm (tail 14–15·5 cm); 410–655 g. Rather small partridge-like pheasant.... read more
Territorial call a peculiar phrase of hoarse piercing squeals, “glee-glee-keweee!-keweee!-keweee!”... read more
In Nepal, inhabits high-altitude rhododendron scrub and other types of subalpine scrub at 3200... read more
Food and feeding
In Nepal, feeds principally on moss, leaf litter and grass shoots; droppings in spring included beetle wing cases; other insects also taken... read more
Lays from mid Apr to late June; most nests found in May. Coveys disband in Apr in Bhutan, when pairs form. Believed to be monogamous, but... read more
Extent of altitudinal movement due to snowfall varies with geographical location. In summer occurs... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: cruentus/affinis/tibetanus/geoffroyi/berezowski/beicki/... read more
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