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Mrs. Hume's Pheasant - BirdForum Opus

Photo by nothinghill
Thailand, 22 January 2019

Alternative name: Hume's Pheasant

Syrmaticus humiae


Male 90 cm (35½); female 60 cm (23½ in)

  • Greyish brown head
  • Bare red facial skin
  • Chestnut brown plumage
  • Yellowish bill
  • Brownish orange iris
  • White wingbars
  • Metallic blue neck feathers

The male has a long greyish white, barred black and brown tail.
The female is a chestnut brown bird with whitish throat, buff color belly and white-tipped tail.


Asia: found India, Myanmar, China and Thailand.



There are 2 subspecies[1]

  • S. h. humiae - extreme north-eastern India and northern Myanmar
  • S. h. burmanicus - South West China (south-western Yunnan) to Myanmar and north-western Thailand


Open oak-pine forests with occasional clearings. Generally occurs at heights above 1200 m.



Reports from China show that subspecies burmanicus eats the fruit, leaves, buds and roots from a wide variety of species.


They nest in clearings using leaves, twigs and feathers in the construction. The clutch contains 3-12 creamy-white eggs.


  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 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved March 2019)

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