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Description - Male: Unmistakable, may only be confused with the Great Argus in central Malaysia, but tail is longer in male, head pattern distinctive with ; most noticeable feature are the central tail feathers which are up to 5 inches wide and nearly 6 foot long in adult males. Males attain their adult plumage the third year, but will the tail may not reach full length until the sixth year. Crests are longer in nigrescens and the overall plumage with more pronounced spotting than ocellata.
Description - Female: Smaller than the male, with a much shorter tail; darker overall, the plumage is more barred than spotted as in the males; they have a distinctive head pattern and are also crested.
Status in Captivity: The following information was provided by John Corder:
There are none in captivity in the U.S. and, as far as I know, almost none outside Vietnam and Malaysia. There are two sub-species. The one from Vietnam (R. o. ocellata) was the species which Jean Delacour managed to breed for a few years in the twenties. Saigon Zoo has recently managed to breed this species, and this photo was taken there. These birds were bred in Saigon Zoo for the first time in 1996 by Dr. Phan Viet Lam.
Taxonomy Notes: The genus name is sometimes spelled Rheinardia; has also been known as Argus ocellatus, Rheinhardtius ocellata and Rheinhardius ocellata.
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