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Mountain Peacock-Pheasant - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Mirror Pheasant; Rothschild's Peacock-Pheasant

Photo © by Godwin Chan
Malaysia, August 2016
Polyplectron inopinatum


Photo © by 996sps
Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, Malaysia, July 2013

Male c. 65 cm (25½ in); female c. 46 cm (18 in)
Blackish brown, long graduated tail feathers

  • 20 tail feathers
  • 2 Spurs on legs
  • Metallic blue ocelli on upperparts, green ocelli on tail

Female : smaller and duller than male

  • 18 tail feathers
  • Black ocelli on upperparts


Malay Peninsula.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Montane forests.


The diet includes berries, spiders, beetles and ants.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Lepage D. (2020) Avibase. Retrieved 21 September 2020
  3. McGowan, P.J.K. and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Mountain Peacock-Pheasant (Polyplectron inopinatum), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.mopphe1.01

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