French: Faisan de Wallich German: Schopffasan Spanish: Faisán chir
Other common names:
Lophophorus (Phasianus) Wallichii
W Himalayas from NE Pakistan to WC Nepal. Previous references to E Afghanistan and Sikkim being within the range of this species are in error.
Male 90–118 cm (tail 45–58 cm), 1250–1800 g; female 61–76 cm (tail 32–47 cm), 900–1360 g. Not brightly coloured but nevertheless... read more
Both sexes give loud, prolonged and rhythmic series of “chir-a-pir chir-a-pir chir chir-... read more
Occurs on steep grassy and craggy hillsides covered with scrub, stunted trees, and in secondary... read more
Food and feeding
Feeds on items such as roots, tubers, bulbs, buried seeds and possibly insect larvae and earthworms. A recent study found that all material... read more
Lays in late Apr–Jun, depending upon altitude, with birds at highest altitudes typically nesting c. 1 month later and peak in May.... read more
During surveys and studies since 1980 species recorded from 1500 m up to 3140 m in India and Nepal... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Mace Lande: vulnerable. CITES I. Probably always occurred in very small, isolated populations; estimated density of 5–10 breeding females/km² and... read more
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