Other Names: Rothschild's Peacock-Pheasant, Malayan Bronze-tailed Pheasant, Mirror Pheasant
Range: Central Malayan Peninsula
Habitat: Inhabits undisturbed mountain forests above 3,000 feet.
Description: The head and neck, breast and belly are gray, with no crest; mantle and wings with small bluish-green ocelli; mostly chestnut overall.
Description, Female: Similar to males but smaller, bright ocelli on upper back replaced with dark spots.
Status in Aviculture: Rare
Clutch Size: 2 eggs
Incubation Period: 19 to 21 days
Visitor Submitted Notes: The following information was submitted by John Corder.
Mountain Peacock-Pheasants (formerly known as Rothschilds) appear somewhat hardier, but we have found that youger birds seem to lay eggs where the germ is extremely weak, and chicks seldom survive long. Once the birds reach about three years, fertility seems to improve quite considerably - one pair in the UK produced 9 fertile eggs in one season, all of which were artificially incubated and raised. We have had fertile eggs and incubated them successfully (with help from Gary Robbins) but the hen has yet to hatch her own eggs. A few weeks ago she sat full term on one of her eggs in a high nest box (the other egg was laid in a lower nest box). Regretably, the egg she sat was infertile although we managed to successfully incubate the other egg.
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