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Photo by Rajsurin
Chopta, India, December 2015
Pucrasia macrolopha


Female subspeies ruficollis
Photo by Jia-wei
Tangjiahe nature reserve, Sichuan, China, October 2006

Males 58-64cm (22¾-25¼ in)

  • Silver-grey plumage, feathers have black streaks down the centre of each feather
  • Black head
  • Chestnut breast
  • White patches on the sides of neck.

Female: light brown plumage overall plumage


Afghanistan, Nepal, and in north-eastern Tibet, and northern and eastern China.



There are 9 subspecies[1]:

  • P. m. castanea - Mountains of eastern Afghanistan and adjacent Pakistan
  • P. m. biddulphi - northern Pakistan and northern India (east to western Himachal Pradesh)
  • P. m. macrolopha - West Himalayas (Kashmir to Kumaon)
  • P. m. nipalensis - Mountains of western Nepal
  • P. m. meyeri - Mountains of south-central China (western Sichuan to north-western Yunnan)
  • P. m. ruficollis - Mountains of central China (southern Gansu, Shaanxi and western Sichuan)
  • P. m. xanthospila - North Shaanxi to Inner Mongolia, western Liaoning and south-western Manchuria
  • P. m. joretiana - Mountains of east-central China (south-western Anhui)
  • P. m. darwini - Mountains of central China (Hubei and south-eastern Sichuan to Fujian)


Mountain coniferous and mixed forests.


They roost in trees, or under rock overhangs at night.


There is little information about their diet, but they are believed to eat a variety of seeds.


They nest on the ground. They are believed to be monogamous.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved January 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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