Vietnamese Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata

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A large brown pheasant of humid forests, shy and extremely difficult to see. Most sightings are at dancing grounds, where males have cleaned the leaf litter from a large patch of the forest floor. Male is unmistakable, with a gigantic tail longer than his body and an elegant white line curving down from above the eye. Female is much smaller and shorter-tailed, but her bare bluish facial skin, long slender neck, and turkey-like appearance are diagnostic within the species’ range. Males give long, loud whooping vocalizations during the breeding season.

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