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Scientific classification - Polyplectron malacense
Species: P. malacense
Also called crested spur, it is endemic to the forests of the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Thailand; the number of its members in nature, in rarefaction up to a short time ago, is slowly stabilizing, however it remains an uncommon species.
The male has a characteristic crest of bluish-green feathers that starts from the base of the beak and covers the whole head, the body, light brown above and darker below, is adorned with blue-green ocelli on the wings and tail; the smaller female is also brown with blue / green ocelli present only on the short tail, while on the wings it is edged with black; both sexes have light red facial mask, blue eyes and gray legs and beak. They complete the plumage at the 1st year of age, reaching sexual maturity between the 1st and 2nd year of life.
Pheasant discreetly bred, even after years of breeding, it remains shy and wild; it is particularly sensitive to low temperatures and humidity, while its diet is not very complicated and includes in addition to the pheasant mixture the integration of fruit and vegetables.
Reproduction: March April
Hatching: 22 days
Number of eggs: 8 10
Malaysian spurs, couple (photo John Corder www.arkive.org)
Malaysian spurs, male (photo John Corder www.arkive.org)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco