Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)


Bornean Crestless Fireback (Lophura pyronota)


French: Faisan pyronote German: Borneo-Gelbschwanzfasan Spanish: Faisán colicanelo de Borneo

Alectrophasis pyronotus

G. R. Gray

, 1841,



Has alternatively been placed in genus Acomus or genus Houppifer but recent genetic work found no evidence that Lophura as currently constituted is polyphyletic#R. Hitherto treated as a subspecies of L. erythrophthalma, but differs in its matt pale grey vs glossy deep blue neck (2); bold narrow white streaking from neck to mid-belly and on hindneck onto mantle (3); deep blue vs purplish-vinous uppertail-coverts (2); and longer uppertail-coverts, extending onto tail so that the amount of pale brown on the tail appears shorter by 2 cm (effect size 5.98; score 3); moreover, it is reported to raise its breast feathers in display in a way not shown by erythrophthalma#R, but further study needed. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

Male 47–51 cm, female 42–44 cm. Male is mainly blackish to greyish-black with purplish-blue gloss, neck somewhat paler and unglossed, with narrow white streaking... read more


Gives low “tak-takrau”, vibrating purr, and loud “kak” when alarmed. Low clucking during foraging.


Lowland forest, including primary and well-regenerated, closed-canopy evergreen forest. Although it... read more

Food and feeding

Diet includes animal and plant material in approximately equal amounts. Apparently most regularly observed singly or in pairs.


Few data available. Has been reported to raise breast feathers in display in a manner not known for L. erythrophthalma; further... read more


Presumably sedentary.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Global population estimated at 15,000–30,000 individuals (of which c. 65% mature adults), but probably nearer the lower end of this range. Few recent records, and... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Bornean Crestless Fireback (Lophura pyronota). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).