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Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron genus

Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron genus


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Scientific classification - Polyplectron spp.

Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Cordati
Subphylum: Vertebrates
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformi
Family: Phasianides
Genus: Polyplectron

The Poliplettri, more commonly called Speronieri because of the presence of more spurs behind the legs of the males, are large pheasants endemic to the forests of Siam, Burma, Cocincina, Philippines and Palawan. They particularly suffer from the cold and are sensitive to temperature changes.

Morphological characteristics

The Spurs are birds with generally more sober colors than the other kinds of pheasant, the sexual dimorphism is however very accentuated, with the males being bigger and more showy than the females. Characteristics of the genre is the courtship dance that recalls that of peacocks, and the number of eggs laid, only 2 for each brood.

Chinquis male spurs (photo http://sulunmucizesi.imanisiteler.com)

Palawan male spurs (photo www.faisanesdelmundo.com)

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco


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