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Photo by zhangyong
south-east Tibet of China, May 2011
Lophophorus sclateri



  • Iridescent purplish-green upperparts
  • Short, curly metallic green crown feathers
  • Copper neck
  • Purplish-black throat
  • White back
  • Blue orbital skin
  • Yellowish-orange bill
  • Brown iris
  • White tail, with a broad chestnut band

Female: lacks crest

  • Mostly dark brown plumage
  • White throat
  • Pale yellow bill


Asia: found in south-western China, Tibet, north-east India, Eastern Himalayas
South-east Asia: Indochina and northern Myanmar



There are 3 subspecies[1]:

  • L. s. arunachalensis:
  • Mountains of western Arunachal Pradesh (northern India)
  • L. s. sclateri:
  • Southeastern Tibet south to northeastern India (northeastern Arunachal Pradesh) and east to southern China (northern Yunnan) and northern Myanmar
  • L. s. orientalis:
  • Northeastern Myanmar and adjacent southern China (southwestern Yunnan)

The subspecies orientalis, is not recognised by all authorities[2]


Mountain forests.



The diet includes seeds and flowers.


The clutch consists of 3-5 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). 2022. IOC World Bird List (v 12.2) DRAFT. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.12.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Avibase
  4. Wikipedia

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