Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Near Threatened

Germain's Peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron germaini)


French: Éperonnier de Germain German: Annampfaufasan Spanish: Espolonero de Germain

Polyplectron germaini


, 1866,



Sometimes considered to be closely related to P. bicalcaratum, but this is not supported by molecular data; there is some evidence, however, to suggest that present species forms a clade with P. katsumatae, P. bicalcaratum, P. inopinatum and P. chalcurum to the exclusion of the remaining members of the genus#R. Monotypic.


S Vietnam in SC Annam (N to 14#R N), and E Cambodia (provinces of Ratanakiri and Mondulkiri). Reported occurrence also in Laos and Thailand appears extremely unlikely.

Descriptive notes

Male c. 56–60 cm (tail 25–32 cm), one bird 510 g; female c. 48 cm (tail 22–25 cm), one bird 397 g. Male differs from those of other Polyplectron... read more


Call of male easily distinguished from that of P. bicalcaratum, comprising a series of low... read more


Found in lowland and sub-montane forests, including dipterocarp-dominated evergreen and semi-... read more

Food and feeding

No information available, though considered to be probably similar to P. bicalcaratum.


Few reliable data available from the wild; pair with fledgling observed in Apr. Mating system unknown. Only nest in wild was shallow scrape... read more


Presumed sedentary. Usually escapes danger on foot, but flies low and fast if hard pressed.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Mace-Lande: vulnerable. CITES II. Anecdotal information suggests a wild population of 6000–15,000... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Germain's Peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron germaini). 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 12 December 2019).