Blue eared pheasant

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Blue eared pheasant
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Crossoptilon
C. auritum
Binomial name
Crossoptilon auritum
(Pallas, 1811)

The blue eared pheasant (Crossoptilon auritum) is a large, up to 96 cm (38 in) long, dark blue-grey pheasant with velvet black crown, red facial feathers appearing as bare skin, yellow iris, long white ear coverts behind the eyes, and crimson legs. Its tail of 24 elongated bluish-grey feathers is curved, loose, and dark-tipped. Both sexes are similar with the male being slightly larger.

The blue eared pheasant is found throughout mountain forests of central China. Its diet consists mainly of berries and vegetable matter.

One of the most common and numerous eared pheasants, the blue eared pheasant is evaluated as of least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

See also


  1. BirdLife International (2012). "Crossoptilon auritum". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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