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Male, subspecies nobilis (Bornean Crested Fireback)
Photo by Michael Hooper
Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo, June 2006
Lophura ignita


Photo by Jason Bugay Reyes
Danum Valley, Sabah, Borneo, March 2011

Male 65–70 cm (25½-27½ in); female 56–57 cm (22-22½ in)

  • Dark crest
  • Blue black upperside, wings and breast
  • Chestnut lower breast and belly
  • Chestnut-orange lower back
  • Black outer tail feathers
  • Buffy central tail feathers
  • Blue facial skin, enlarged as wattles
  • Red iris


  • Short chestnut crest
  • Blue facial skin
  • Chestnut plumage on upperside and especially fore-end of underside
  • White streaks on breast giving way to a scalloped white and black lower belly

Similar species

Compare Bulwer's Pheasant (notice white tail in male) and Bornean Crestless Fireback (notice red facial skin).


South-east Asia: found in Borneo.


This was formerly joined with Malayan Crested Fireback in Crested Fireback (Pheasant).


There are 2 recognized subspecies[1]:

  • L. i. ignita:
  • Kalimantan (Borneo) and Banka Island (off south-eastern Sumatra)
  • L. i. nobilis:
  • Borneo (Sarawak and Sabah)


Lowland forests.



It is known that they eat leaves and seeds and some insects, but there is little detailed information available.


The clutch consists of 4-8 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 13.1)_red. Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.1. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)
  4. Wikipedia

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