Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi)


French: Faisan prélat German: Prälatfasan Spanish: Faisán siamés

Euplocomus diardi


, 1856,

south Vietnam


Has alternatively been placed in genus Diardigallus, but recent genetic work found no evidence that Lophura as currently constituted is polyphyletic#R. The same work identified five clades within Lophura, one of which consists of present species and L. ignita (with L. rufa)#R. Monotypic.


E Myanmar through N, C & SE Thailand, C & S Laos and N & C Cambodia to C & S Vietnam.

Descriptive notes

Male c. 80 cm (tail 33–36 cm), one bird 1420 g; female c. 60 cm (tail 22–26 cm), 680–1025 g. Male distinctive, with mostly grey upperparts, large wattles... read more


Male gives loud whistling call in advertisement and a repeated “pee-yu pee-yu”; male... read more


A lowland forest resident. In Thailand and Laos, inhabits primary and secondary evergreen forest,... read more

Food and feeding

Believed to be omnivorous, feeding on a variety of fallen fruits and berries, and also insects, worms, small land crabs, etc. Also claimed... read more


Mating system apparently polygamous, with dominant male largely monopolizing proximity, and therefore access to all the females in a group... read more


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Previously considered Near Threatened. Mace Lande: vulnerable. Based on a recent population estimate for whole of Thailand of c. 5000... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi). 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 16 December 2019).