This spectacular pheasant is undoubtedly suffering from the twin threats of habitat loss and hunting throughout its extensive range. It is probably undergoing a moderately rapid population reduction and is consequently classified as Near Threatened.
A. bipunctactus is no longer accepted as a valid species by the BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group, based on the evidence presented in Davison & McGowan (2009). It is treated here as a synonym of A. argus.
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Dinata, Y.; Nugroho, A.; Haidir, I. A.; Linkie, M. 2008. Camera trapping rare and threatened avifauna in west-central Sumatra. Bird Conservation International 18(1): 30-37.
Winarni, N. L.; O'Brien, T. G.; Carroll, J. P.; Kinnaird, M. F. 2009. Movements, distribution and abundance of Great Argus Pheasants (Argusianus argus) in a Sumatran rainforest. The Auk 126(2): 341-350.
Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Mahood, S., Taylor, J.
BirdLife International (2013) Species factsheet: Argusianus argus. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/12/2013. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2013) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/12/2013.
This information is based upon, and updates, the information published in BirdLife International (2000) Threatened birds of the world. Barcelona and Cambridge, UK: Lynx Edicions and BirdLife International, BirdLife International (2004) Threatened birds of the world 2004 CD-ROM and BirdLife International (2008) Threatened birds of the world 2008 CD-ROM. These sources provide the information for species accounts for the birds on the IUCN Red List.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Family||Phasianidae (Grouse, pheasants and partridges)|
|Species name author||(Linnaeus, 1766)|
|Population size||mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||1,350,000 km2|
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