Hoogerwerf's pheasant

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Hoogerwerf's pheasant
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Lophura
Species: L. hoogerwerfi
Binomial name
Lophura hoogerwerfi
(Chasen, 1939)

The Hoogerwerf's pheasant (Lophura hoogerwerfi) also known as Aceh pheasant or Sumatran pheasant is a medium-sized, up to 55 centimetres (22 in) long, bird of the family Phasianidae. The male is a crestless bluish black pheasant with bare red facial skin, short tail and grey legs. The female is a rufous brown bird with a dark bluish grey legs and short dark tail.

Its appearance resembles, and sometimes it is considered as a subspecies of the Salvadori's pheasant. The female is different from the latter for having darker brown, lack of buff mottling and plainer plumage.

An Indonesian endemic, this little-known pheasant inhabits to mid-mountain forests of Gunung Leuser National Park in Aceh province. Previously known only from two female specimens, it was recently discovered in a market in Medan, North Sumatra.

The name commemorates the Dutch ornithologist and taxidermist Andries Hoogerwerf.

Due to ongoing habitat loss, small population size and limited range, the Hoogerwerf's pheasant is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.[1]


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