Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos
Female and Male Kalij Pheasant, Cheli La, Paro, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image


The Kalij Pheasant is distributed along the Himalayas and south into Myanmar and Thailand. It is found in a wide variety of habitats from forest to secondary vegetation and gullies with dense undergrowth.

Male Kalij Pheasant, Kori La, Mongar, Bhutan, April 2008 - click for larger image

The male is mainly blue-black with red skin around the eyes. Sub-species vary quite significantly. Here we have the sub-species L. l. melanota in photo 1 showing white on the breast while photo 2 shows the sub-species L. l. lathami has white barring on the lower back and rump.

The female, seen on the left of photo 1, is brown with a scaly appearance and red skin around the eye.

There is a recording on xeno-canto and additional information on Avibase.

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