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This elusive species's status is difficult to judge, but recent anecdotal evidence regarding its range and habitat indicates that it has a very small, fragmented and declining population, justifying its classification as Endangered.
Sibley, C. G.; Monroe, B. L. 1990. Distribution and taxonomy of birds of the world. Yale University Press, New Haven, USA.
Male c.50 cm, female c.35.5 cm. Peacock-pheasant with white throat. Male has white central breast and metallic blue-green breast-sides, rufous-brown upperparts liberally marked with small green ocelli. Female smaller and duller. Both sexes have dull, variably reddish facial skin. Voice Series of increasingly loud, harsh cackles, typical of the genus. Also a loud disyllabic crow, kank kank, with an almost quacking quality to it.
BirdLife International. 2001. Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book. BirdLife International, Cambridge, U.K.
Collar, N. J.; Butchart, S. H. M. 2013. Conservation breeding and avian diversity: chances and challenges. International Zoo Yearbook.
Fredriksson, G.M.; Nijman, V. 2004. Habitat use and conservation status of two elusive ground birds (Carpococcyx radiatus and Polyplectron schleiermacheri) in the Sungai Wain Protection Forest, East Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. Oryx 38: 297-303.
Keane, A.M.; Garson, P.J.; McGowan, P.J. K. in press. Pheasants: status survey and conservation action plan 2005-2009. IUCN and WPA, Gland, Switzerland.
Shepherd, C. R. 2000. Some notes on the trade of rare pheasants in Indonesia.
Further web sources of information
Detailed species accounts from the Threatened birds of Asia: the BirdLife International Red Data Book (BirdLife International 2001).
Text account compilers
Benstead, P., Bird, J., Davidson, P., Keane, A., Taylor, J.
Davison, G., Lambert, F., van Balen, B.
BirdLife International (2014) Species factsheet: Polyplectron schleiermacheri. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/07/2014. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2014) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 10/07/2014.
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||Endangered|
|Family||Phasianidae (Grouse, pheasants and partridges)|
|Species name author||Brüggemann, 1877|
|Population size||600-1700 mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||189,000 km2|
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