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Crossoptilon auritum (Blue Eared Pheasant)

Wikipedia Abstract

The blue eared pheasant (Crossoptilon auritum) is a large, up to 96 centimetres (38 in) long, dark blue-grey pheasant with velvet black crown, red bare facial skin, yellow iris, long white ear coverts behind the eyes and crimson legs. Its tail of twenty-four elongated bluish grey feathers is curved, loose and dark-tipped. Both sexes are similar with slightly larger male. The blue eared pheasant is found throughout mountain forests of central China. The diet consists mainly of berries and vegetable matter.
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EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 2.87722
EDGE Score: 1.35512


Adult Weight [1]  3.935 lbs (1.785 kg)
Female Weight [1]  3.671 lbs (1.665 kg)
Male Weight [1]  4.20 lbs (1.905 kg)
Weight Dimorphism [1]  14.4 %
Diet [2]  Carnivore (Invertebrates), Herbivore
Diet - Invertibrates [2]  20 %
Diet - Plants [2]  80 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Clutch Size [3]  8
Incubation [1]  26 days


Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve 37634150 Qinghai, China      

Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Mountains of Southwest China China, Myanmar No

Prey / Diet

Argentina anserina subsp. anserina (Pacific Silverweed)[1]
Berberis vernae[1]
Juniperus tibetica (Tibetan juniper)[1]
Poa annua (annual blue grass)[1]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Catreus wallichii (Cheer Pheasant)1
Tragopan temminckii (Temminck's Tragopan)1

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)


Southern Asia;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Jetz W, Sekercioglu CH, Böhning-Gaese K (2008) The Worldwide Variation in Avian Clutch Size across Species and Space PLoS Biol 6(12): e303. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060303
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
Protected Areas provided by Le Saout, S., Hoffmann, M., Shi, Y., Hughes, A., Bernard, C., Brooks, T.M., Bertzky, B., Butchart, S.H.M., Stuart, S.N., Badman, T. & Rodrigues, A.S.L. (2013) Protected areas and effective biodiversity conservation. Science, 342, 803–805
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License