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Crossoptilon crossoptilon
Photo © by baboon
Yajiang, Sichuan Province, China, June 2007


  • White body with varying amounts of grey depending on subspecies
  • Velvety black crown
  • Red facial skin
  • Small, dark tail
  • Small ear-tufts

Sexes are similar, but the hens are usually smaller.


Himalayas of south-eastern Tibet, western Sichuan and north-western Yunnan.



  • C. c. drouynii - Montane forests of eastern Tibet
  • C. c. dolani - West-central China (southern Qinghai)
  • C. c. crossoptilon - South-western China (western Sichuan) to south-eastern Tibet and extreme north-eastern India
  • C. c. lichiangense - South-central China (north-western Yunnan)

Tibetan Eared Pheasant has been split from White Eared Pheasant.


Rhododendron forests; montane forests, rocky hillsides in coniferous forests, also in mixed forests in summer to the snow line.



The diet includes pine needles, juniper berries, wolf berries, and the desiccated seed pods of iris, lily and allium.


Four to seven buff eggs are laid and are incubated for 24 days.


  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. gbwf.org
  3. Wikipedia

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