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Crested Argus

Rheinardia ocellata

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Large brown pheasant of upland and lower montane forests. Shy and often difficult to see, particularly outside of the breeding season. 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 bald facial skin, long slender neck, and turkey-like appearance are diagnostic within the species’ range. Males give loud whooping screams during the breeding season.

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