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Siamese Fireback - BirdForum Opus

Photo by nothinghill
Photo by Don Gato
Khao Yai National Park, Thailand, November 2007

Alternative name: Diard's Fireback

Lophura diardi


Male 80 cm (tail 33-36 cm), female 60 cm (tail 22-26 cm).


  • Mostly grey upperparts
  • Large red wattles
  • Ornamental black crest feathers
  • Long dark green tail, with bare-shafted, racket-tipped feathers
  • Yellow and red-blue pattern on lower back and rump
  • Red legs


  • Rufous-brown plumage
  • Black upperwing and tail with buffy-white barring
  • Extensive red bare skin around eye

Juvenile similar to female but duller.


From eastern Burma through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia to central Vietnam.
Near-threatened. Forest loss and hunting are the biggest threats.


This is a monotypic species.


Lowland evergreen forest. Also in secondary forest.
Occurs up to 800m.



Presumably omnivorous, feeding on fallen fruits and berries, insects, worms, small land crabs and other items. Forages by scratching in leaf litter, sometimes on tracks and roadsides.


Not well known. Eggs collected between mid April and late June. One recorded nest was on the ground in a hollow at the base of a tree. Lays 3 to 8 pale rosy-buff eggs.


No information.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, B.L. Sullivan, C. L. Wood, and D. Roberson. 2013. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.8., with updates to August 2013. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1994. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: New World Vultures to Guineafowl. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334153

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