Other Names: Koklass Pheasant
Range: This species has a wide range across asia, from Afganistan to China. The range is not continuous and in some cases the subspecies are seperated by quite a distance. Of the most common subspecies kept in American aviculture, the nominate race, the Indian or Common Koklass, is found in north-central India and southern Nepal; the Western Koklass is found in eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Yellow-necked Koklass is native to north-eastern China.
Subspecies: Indian Koklass (Pucrasia macrolopha macrolopha), Western Koklass (P. m. castanea), Kashmir Koklass (P. m. biddulphi), Meyer's Koklass (P. m. meyeri), Orange-collared Koklass (P. m. ruficollis), Yellow-necked Koklass (P. m. xanthospila), Joret's Koklass (P. m. joretiana), Darwin's Koklass (P. m. darwini).
Habitat: In mountainous areas of coniferous or mixed forests.
Status in Wild: Stable.
Status in Aviculture: Uncommon.
Breeding Season: April to June.
Breeding Age: First year.
Clutch Size: 9-12 eggs.
Incubation Period: 26-27 days.
Misc. Aviculture Notes: This species requires a spacious aviary with
good drainage. Shrubs, small trees, logs, and other enrichment should be provided
to keep this curious species occupied. Koklass are a monogamous species, with
males often playing a role in rearing and protection. The make excellent natural
parents if allowed to rear their own. Koklass are winter hardy, can tolerate
quite cold temps, but must have shaded regions during the warmer months. Green
food is very important to this species at all stages of life and should offered
as often as possible.
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