Vietnamese pheasant

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Vietnamese pheasant
Lophura hatinhensis -Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee, Angus, Scotland -pair-8a.jpg
A pair at Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee, Angus, Scotland
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L. edwardsi var.
Binomial name
Lophura edwardsi var.

The Vietnamese pheasant, or Vietnam fireback, was formerly considered a species of gallopheasant, Lophura hatinhensis, but is now considered a variant of Edward's pheasant. Discovered in 1964, it is endemic to central Vietnam. Its range concentrates around Kẻ Gỗ Nature Reserve in Hà Tĩnh Province.[1]

Habitat

The fireback inhabits primary and secondary (including logged) evergreen forest in lowlands and hills from sea level (at least historically) to about 300 m. It may tolerate habitat degradation, but is apparently far more common in closed-canopy forest, and has been trapped in dense, streamside vegetation.

References

  • Hennache, A., S.P. Mahood, J.C. Eames, and E. Randi. 2012; Lophura hatinhensis is an invalid taxon; Forktail number 28: ppg.129-135.

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