Edwards's Pheasant
Both sexes
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Galloanserae
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Phasianinae
Tribe: Phasianini
Genus: Lophura
Species: L. edwardsi
Binomial name
Lophura edwardsi
(Oustalet, 1896)

Gennaeus Edwardsi (protonym)
Delacourigallus edwardsi
Hierophasis edwardsi


Was formerly placed in the genus Delacourigallus and Hierophasis, but genetic studies found that no evidence that Lophura as currently constituted is polyphyletic;[2] the same study showed that Lophura comprises of five clades, of which L. edwardsi forms a clade with L. swinhoii.[2]

Form known as “Imperial Pheasant, L. imperialis” now known to be a hybrid between L. edwardsi and L. nycthemera.[3] Form hatinhensis, sometimes treated as a full species, L. hatinhensis or as a subspecies of L. edwardsi, now judged to be an unstable variant produced by inbreeding.[4]

Edwards's Pheasant includes Vietnamese Pheasant (L. hatinhensis). Its taxonomic status is uncertain, but species description inadequate and hypotheses re variation in Edwards's Pheasant unresolved.[5][6][4][7]


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  1. ^ "Lophura edwardsi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Randi, E., Lucchini, V., Hennache, A., Kimball, R.T., Braun, E.L. & Ligon J.D. (2001) Evolution of the mitochondrial DNA control region and cytochrome b genes and the inference of phylogenetic relationships in the avian genus Lophura (Galliformes). Mol. Phyl. & Evol. 19(2): 187–201.
  3. ^ Hennache, A., Rasmussen, P.C., Lucchini, V., Rimondi, S. & Randi, E. (2003) Hybrid origin of the Imperial Pheasant Lophura imperialis (Delacour & Jabouille, 1924) demonstrated by morphology, hybrid experiments and DNA analyses. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 80(4): 573–600.
  4. ^ a b Hennache, Mahood, Eames, Randi. 2012. Lophura hatinhensis is an invalid taxon. Forktail 28: 129-135.
  5. ^ McGowan, PJK., 1994. Family Phasianidae (Pheasants and Partridges), pp. 434‐553. In: Handbook of the Birds of the World, Vol. 2. J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (Eds.). Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
  6. ^ Madge, S. and McGowan, P. (2002) Pheasants, partridges and grouse: A guide to the pheasants, quails, grouse, guineafowl, buttonquails, and sandgrouse of the world. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.
  7. ^ ????[verification needed]

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