Kalij Pheasant

Lophura leucomelana

A pair of White-crested Kalij Pheasants
Photo courtesy of Ellen Rockensock

Kalij Pheasants are generally forest dwelling birds found in the southern foothills of the Himalayas. The nine recognized subspecies range from Pakistan across northern India and Nepal. Some are found as far south as Bangladesh and Thailand.

These birds have proven hardy and easily bred in captivity. Incubation lasts 20-22 days. The male takes no part in protecting the nest, but may rejoin the family after the chicks hatch. Chicks can fly within a few days. Adult plumage is gained the year after hatching and the birds are able to breed at that time.


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