Vietnamese pheasant

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Vietnamese pheasant
Lophura hatinhensis -Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee, Angus, Scotland -pair-8a.jpg
A pair at Camperdown Wildlife Centre, Dundee, Angus, Scotland
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Phasianinae
Genus: Lophura
Species: L. edwardsi var.
Binomial name
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.[1]


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.