May 06 Reblogged
Oops! This is a male Palawan Peacock Pheasant, (Polyplectron napoleonis) not an Imperial Pheasant. The Imperial Pheasant has red patches of skin on its face, and glossy dark fathers with a blue crest. The Palawan Peacock Pheasant has an erectile crest, a white stripe over the eyes and highly iridescent metallic green and black plumage. The tail feathers are decorated with large blue-green ocelli, which may be spread fanlike in courtship displays. It is endemic to Palawan Island in the Philippines. Still, a gorgeous bird.
A very rare Imperial Pheasant, resident of the forests of Vietnam and Laos.
Jean Theodore Delacour, an American ornithologist (1890-1985) with a penchant for discovering some of the rarest birds in the world, first discovered the Imperial Pheasant in 1923. Other than the two captured by Delacour, no other Imperial Pheasants were found again until 1990. It has since been determined that the bird is not a true species, but a naturally occurring hybrid between the Vietnamese Pheasant and the Silver Pheasant.