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Sattal, Uttarakhand, India

(Lophura lecomelanos)

IUCN status : Least Concern

Kalij Pheasants belong to the Phasianidae family. They are distributed in foothills of Himalayas, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar and Thailand. The Kalij Pheasants are medium sized birds. The males are larger measuring 60 to 75 cm in length and 800 to 1150 gm in weight. The females are smaller measuring 50 to 60 cm in length and 500 to 1000 gm in weight. The males have glossy bluish black plumage and the females are brown. The bare facial skin is red in color. They inhabit evergreen and deciduous forests. They feed on roots, seeds, small reptiles and insects. They breed during May and June.

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