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Argusianus argus

Malay Penninsula, Sumatra and Borneo

The Great Argus Pheasant is not the most colorful pheasant but it is certainly the largest. Males can measure up to 6 feet in length while females, who are smaller and duller, measure about 3 feet in length. The plumage on a male Argus Pheasant is very impressive. They are known to have very long tail feathers and long, broad secondary wing feathers. Females have these secondary wing feathers too but have less than males. Males use these spectacular feathers to put on a veritable mating display and dance for a female’s attention.  The Argus Pheasant is known to be a calm and gentle bird and is sometimes kept as a pet.

Habitat: Forests and jungles
Diet: Fruits, ants, slugs and snails; meat, and insects
Status: Near threatened
Approximate Dimensions of Adult: Length: Male: Up to 6 ft, Female: Up to 3 ft.
Lifespan: 15 years.
Reproduction & Offspring: Lays 3-4 eggs at a time. 25 day incubation period.


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