Great Argus Pheasant

Argusianus argus

A Great Argus Pheasant cock bird
Photo courtesy of Tomas Condon

The Great Argus Pheasant occurs in two races, the Malay and the Bornean. Their display is quite extraordinary, involving the very long wing coverts as well as the tail. Some consider them rather unattractive birds when not displaying, but I personally find them to be fascinating and not at all unattractive.

They reach full adult plumage in their third year. Two eggs are laid in a clutch and the hen sits for 24-25 days. In temperate areas they require additional heat.


Great Argus Links:

Dan Cowell's page on Great Argus Pheasants

See Great Argus at Roughwood Aviaries


A pair of Malay Great Argus from the Seattle Zoo

Another Great Argus cock bird

A better view of the front of the above bird

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