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Elliot's Pheasant - BirdForum Opus

Photo by paux
Fujian China, January 2018
Syrmaticus ellioti


Male, female in the background
Photo by Tang Jun
Fujian China, May 2014

Male 80cm (31½ in)

  • Chestnut brown above
  • White below
  • Black throat
  • White nape and wingbars
  • Bare red facial skin
  • Long white tail with rust coloured bars

Female 50 cm (19¾ in)

  • Rufous brown
  • Black throat
  • White belly
  • White tipped tail


When flushed females do not look like pheasants at all. The primary impression when flying away is of a greyish fat partridge with a fanned tail, clearly rufous with a pale fringe. This very confusing appearance is not noted in the literature.


South-eastern China


This is a monotypic species[1].


Montane bamboo forests and evergreen broadleaved forests.



They are thought to eat seeds, seed pods, berries and leaves and ants.


A wing-whirring display is performed both in the early morning and early afternoon.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2014)
  3. Wikipedia

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