Koklass pheasant



  • The rare subspecies of the male Koklass pheasant called the Pucrasia macrolopha meyeri has been photographed for the first time in India.


  • Koklass pheasant is described as a resident bird of the Western Himalayas.
  • They are not known for migration and are essentially residential birds of mid-altitude dense forests in the Himalayas.
  • Of the nine subspecies identified across the world, four are found in the Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
  • The male subspecies — meyeri — had not been recorded outside China and Tibet.
    • The bird has a distinctive golden ring and its emerald, green head distinguishes it from the female.
  • The bird has been declared extinct in Tibet.
  • The golden collar is not seen in the other subspecies found in India.
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