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Bornean Crestless Fireback - BirdForum Opus

Lophura pyronota


Male 47-51cm

  • Glossy purple-blue black
  • Grey neck
  • White streaks above and on sides of breast
  • Red facial skin around eye
  • Chestnut rump, offset by glossy blue-black tail coverts
  • Short, buffy tail

Female 42-44cm

  • Glossy blackish
  • Brownish tint on head and tail
  • No pale streaking
  • Red facial skin around eye


South-east Asia: Borneo.


This is a monotypic species[1].

This was formerly considered conspecific with Malayan Crestless Fireback.


Lowland forests with a requirement for mature forest or regrowth and a preference for humid areas. Found up to 500 m asl.


Mostly seek food in groups of 1-2 but larger groups occasionally observed. Food items taken include both invertebrates and berries, fruits, leaves and seeds.


Quiet contact sounds sometimes heard, but giving a loud Kak when in alarm.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2022. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2022. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. del Hoyo, J., P. J. K. McGowan, G. M. Kirwan, N. Collar, and D. A. Christie (2022). Bornean Crestless Fireback (Lophura pyronota), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (N. D. Sly, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.crefir6.01

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