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Mrs. Hume's pheasant

In Thai: ไก่ฟ้าหางลายขวาง, kai faa hang lai khwang

Binomial name: Syrmaticus humiae, Allan Octavian Hume, 1881

Mrs. Hume's pheasant (Syrmaticus humiae), also known as Hume's pheasant or bar-tailed pheasant, is a large, up to 90 cm long, forest pheasant with a greyish brown head, bare red facial skin, chestnut brown plumage, yellowish bill, brownish orange iris, white wingbars and metallic blue neck feathers. The male has a long greyish white, barred black and brown tail. The female is a chestnut brown bird with whitish throat, buff color belly and white-tipped tail.

This rare and little known pheasant is found throughout forested habitats in China, India, Burma and Thailand. The diet consists mainly of vegetation matters. The female lays three to twelve creamy white eggs in nest of leaves, twigs and feathers.

The name commemorates Mary Ann Grindall Hume, wife of the British naturalist in India Allan Octavian Hume. It is the state bird of Manipur and Mizoram

Due to ongoing habitat loss, fragmented population and being hunted for food, the Mrs. Hume's pheasant is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix I of CITES.

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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Galliformes
Family
Phasianidae
Genus
Syrmaticus
Species
Syrmaticus humiae

Common names

  • English:
    • Hume's bar-tailed pheasant
    • Mrs Hume's pheasant
  • Spanish: Faisán de Hume
  • Thai: ไก่ฟ้าหางลายขวาง, kai faa hang lai khwang

Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Mrs. Hume's pheasant, Syrmaticus humiae in Thailand
Range map of Syrmaticus humiae in Thailand