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Malayan Peacock-Pheasant - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Malay Peacock-Pheasant

Polyplectron malacense


Photo © by darwin1601
Taman Negara NP, Malaysia, June 2018

Male 50–53 cm (19¾-20¾ in), Female 40–45 cm (15¾-17¾ in)

  • Spotted black, and brown overall plumage
  • Dark blue-green crest
  • Bare red facial skin
  • Bluish-white iris
  • Blue ocelli on upperbody plumage

The female is smaller and duller than male.


South-east Asia: found from South Myanmar to southern Thailand and Malay Peninsula


This is a monotypic species[1].


Evergreen lowland rainforests.


A shy and elusive bird.


There is not much information available about their diet. The is presumed to eat both insects and fruit.


Again, little known. They are likely to be Polygynous.


  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 July 2018)
  3. Wikipedia

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