|A pair at Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee, Angus, Scotland|
L. edwardsi var.
|Lophura edwardsi var.|
The Vietnamese pheasant, or Vietnam fireback, was formerly considered a species of gallopheasant, Lophura hatinhensis, but is now considered a variant of Edward's pheasant. Discovered in 1964, it is endemic to central Vietnam. Its range concentrates around Kẻ Gỗ Nature Reserve in Hà Tĩnh Province.
The fireback inhabits primary and secondary (including logged) evergreen forest in lowlands and hills from sea-level (at least historically) to c.300 m. It may tolerate habitat degradation, but is apparently far more common in closed-canopy forest, and has been trapped in dense streamside vegetation.
- Hennache, A., S.P. Mahood, J.C. Eames, and E. Randi. 2012; Lophura hatinhensis is an invalid taxon; Forktail number 28: ppg.129-135.
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