Closely related to L. nycthemera; the two were formerly placed together in genus Gennaeus, but genetic study found no evidence that Lophura as currently constituted is polyphyletic#R. Present species apparently hybridizes with L. nycthemera at several localities E of R Irrawaddy (as well as on Victoria I, in SW Argentina, where both introduced very locally#R). A separate molecular study indicated that these are two distinct species and that races lineata and crawfurdii, which have been considered part of L. nycthemera#R, are far better placed with present species; latter appears to comprise at least three clades of subspecies (namely crawfurdii and lineata; leucomelanos; moffitti, hamiltonii and some others), but other taxa have yet to be sampled#R. Specific status has been proposed for races lathami and lineata; conversely, several races perhaps of dubious validity. Proposed race horsfieldii (locality uncertain) is a synonym of lathami. Nine subspecies currently recognized.
Introduced (leucomelanos) to Hawaiian Is.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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