Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron germaini

Atlas of Pheasants: Polyplectron germaini

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Scientific classification - Polyplectron germaini

Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Cordati
Subphylum: Vertebrates
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformi
Family: Phasianides
Genus: Polyplectron
Species: P. germaini

Recently recognized as a species in all respects (in the past it was believed to be a subspecies of the Chinquis spurs) it is a fairly widespread pheasant, endemic to the forests of Cambodia, Indochina and Vietnam.

Morphological characteristics

The male is about 70 cm long, has a gray brown head with a white chin strap and has no extended forelock like the other spurs, the plumage is on the whole brown with finely decorated feathers and flecked dark docra, on the wings and on the tail it has ocelli green violet with metallic reflections; the female is similar to the male but is smaller and has a less showy plumage with fewer ocelli that are triangular rather than round in shape; both sexes have brown eyes, gray legs and red face mask (darker in the male). This species completes the plumage at the 1st year of age, but reaches sexual maturity at the 2nd year of life.


And a spur with rather wild habits, even in captivity after many years retains its natural shyness towards people, suffers from the cold so if raised in places where the temperature is particularly rigid, its aviary must be protected or artificially heated; its feeding is not particularly simple as it needs a good mixture for pheasants that must be rich in proteins and vitamins to be integrated with larvae and insects.

Reproduction: March May
Hatching: 21-22 days
Number of eggs: 6 8 (2 for each brood)
Cohabitation: monogamy

Germain male spurs (photo

Germain spurs female (photo

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco

Video: Malayan Peacock Pheasant Polyplectron malacense courting behaviour. (May 2022).