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Vietnamese Crested Argus - BirdForum Opus

Rheinardia ocellata


Male - 190-239 cm

  • Blackish-brown
  • White speckled markings
  • Erect white crest on the rear crown
  • Blue skin around eyes
  • Brown iris
  • Pink bill
  • Very large tail

Female - 74-75 cm

  • Brown, black and buff bars and spots
  • Paler underparts
  • Shorter crest and tail


South-east Asia: found in central Vietnam and eastern Laos.


This is a monotypic species[1].

Formerly included in Crested Argus together with Malayan Crested Argus.


Humid forests.



The diet includes fruit, leaves, insects and small animals.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International
  3. Kirwan, G. M., P. J. K. McGowan, and P. F. D. Boesman (2021). Vietnamese Crested Argus (Rheinardia ocellata), version 1.1. In Birds of the World (G. M. Kirwan, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.crearg1.01.1
  4. Wikipedia

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