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Classification and Distribution - Hume's Pheasant
Species: S. humiae
Rather widespread in captivity, it is endemic to the mountains of northern Burma and south west of Yunnan, but at present it also populates the coniferous mountains of China, India and Thailand.
The male, very similar to the Mikado, is about 90 cm long; it has gray head with brown shades, red face mask, blue neck, the body is brown-mahogany, the wings are painted blue and crossed by white stripes edged with black, the rump is gray like the tail which is barred black and brown ; the female is brownish, light on the belly and darker on the rest of the body which is flecked with black and white on the back, wings and tail. It has 1 subspecies: the Burmese Hume pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae burmanicus), with darker colors tending to black-purple. These species reach sexual maturity and full plumage at the first year of life.
Pair of Hume pheasants (photo http://ibc.lynxeds.com)
Pheasants very aggressive with females, often their aggression leads them in the mating season to attack the man; very frugal and resistant birds, do not fear the cold, but excessive heat.
Reproduction: mid March / May
Hatching: 27 days.
Number of eggs: 18 26
Cohabitation: polygamy (1 male x 2 3 females)
Hume's pheasant female (photo www.townsendsornamentals.com)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco