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Malayan Crestless Fireback - BirdForum Opus

Lophura erythrophthalma


Male 47-50cm

  • Glossy purple-blue black
  • Vermiculated white above and on sides of breast
  • Red facial skin around eye
  • Deep red rump
  • Short, buffy tail

Female 42-44cm

  • Glossy dark blue-black, including tail
  • Red facial skin around eye
  • No pale vermiculations


South-east Asia: found in Peninsular Malaysia and Sumatra.


This is a monotypic species[1].

This was formerly considered conspecific with Bornean Crestless Fireback.


Lowland forests with a requirement for mature forest or regrowth and a preference for humid areas. Found up to 300 m asl.


May seek food in small groups, usually on forest floor.


The diet includes termites, ticks, berries,and grubs.


The 3-6 eggs are incubated for 24 days.


  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). Malayan Crestless Fireback (Lophura erythrophthalma), 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.crefir5.01
  4. BirdLife International

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