Blood Pheasant

(Ithaginis cruentus)

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Ithaginis cruentus

Ithaginis cruentus
Photo by Francois Bernar

Scientific Information

Other Names:

Subspecies: There are eleven subspecies according to Johnsgard.
Himalayan Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus cruentus)
Tibetan Blood Pheasant (I. c. tibetanus)
Kuser's Blood Pheasant (I. c. kuseri)
Mrs. Vernay's Blood Pheasant (I. c. marionae)
Rock's Blood Pheasant (I. c. rocki)
Clarke's Blood Pheasant (I. c. clarkei)
Geoffroy's Blood Pheasant (I. c. geoffroyi)
Beick's Blood Pheasant (I. c. beicki)
Berezowski's Blood Pheasant (I. c. berezowskii)
Bianchi's Blood Pheasant (I. c. michaelis)
David's Blood Pheasant (I. c. sinensis).

Range: The Himalayas, from Nepal through Tibet into northern Burma to northwest China.

Habitat: High altitudes from 10,000 to 15,000 feet during the breeding season and down to 7,000 during winter. Prefers coniferous forests.

Status in Wild: Being native to such remote areas, this species has not been subject to the problems other pheasant species have due to man. While not much is known of its actual status in the wild, they remain unthreatened and stable. Status by BirdLife International/IUCN as Lower risk/least concern.

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