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Cheer Pheasant - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Wallich's Pheasant

Photo by Sumit
Nainital, India, May 2007
Catreus wallichii



  • Buffy grey with black barring
  • Long grey crest
  • Red orbital skin
  • Long buff, grey and brown tail

Female slightly smaller

Photo by jc122463
Dodi Tal, India, October 2010


Asia: found in montane forests in eastern Afghanistan, central Nepal, Pakistan, India, Western Himalayas.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Alpine woodland and scrub. Observered at heights around 3,200m.


The clutch consists of 9-12 eggs which are incubated for 26 days.


The diet includes roots and tubers, seeds, berries, grain, insects and grubs.


Call: cher-a-per, cher-a-per, cher, cher, cheria, cheria.
Alarm call: tuk, tuk.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Avibase
  3. Wikipedia
  4. gbwf.org; Pheasants of Pakistan
  5. AvianWeb

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