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Bornean Peacock-Pheasant - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Jason Bugay Reyes
Telupid, Sabah, Borneo, 1 April 2023
Polyplectron schleiermacheri


Male 50cm (19¾ in)

  • Rufous brown and black spotted
  • Elongated crest and nape feathers
  • Black underparts
  • Bare red skin around eye
  • Blue iris
  • Metallic blue-green sides to breast
  • White throat and central upper breast
  • 22 tail feathers with large blue-green ocelli (may be fanned in display)

Female 35.5cm (14 in)

  • Duller brown plumage
  • Brown iris
  • Shorter tail
  • Lacks foot spurs


South-east Asia: endemic to Borneo.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Lowland primary forests up to 1100m. Alluvial forests and forest edges. Not normally found in the wetter areas of forests.



There is no information available on what they eat.


Little information available on wild birds. It is thought they are Polygynous.


  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. McGowan, P.J.K. and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Bornean Peacock-Pheasant (Polyplectron schleiermacheri), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.bopphe1.01

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