Koklass Pheasant[1]
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Superorder: Galloanserae
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Phasianinae
Tribe: Tetraonini
Genus: Pucrasia
G.R. Gray, 1841
Species: P. macrolopha
Binomial name
Pucrasia macrolopha
(Lesson, 1829)

Satyra macrolopha (protonym)[3]

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Koklass Pheasant, Pucrasia macrolopha is a species of pheasant in the Tetraonini tribe. Despite the word pheasant in its name, it is closely related to grouses, but some authors put it in Lophophorini.[4]

It is the only species in the genus Pucrasia, but has nine subspecies grouped into three groups: Himalayan group, which includes macrolopha, castanea, biddulphi (with bethelae) and nipalensis, Golden-collared group, with xanthospila, meyeri and ruficollis, and Eastern group, including darwini and joretiana;[5]

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Other common names Koklas Pheasant, Koklass, Koklass Pheasant, Nepal Koklass[3]


A large, short-tailed pheasant,[6] with Mars symbol.svg 58–64 cm (23–25 in) (tail 22–28 cm (8.7–11.0 in)), 1,135–1,415 g (2.502–3.120 lb); Venus symbol.svg 52.5–56 cm (20.7–22.0 in) (tail 17–19.5 cm (6.7–7.7 in)), 930–1,135 g (2.050–2.502 lb).[5]

Males have a bottle green head, white neck patch, prominent ear-tufts with it lacking bare facial or wattle skin; has crown and long nuchal crest grey-buff.[6]


Himalayan group

  • P. m. macrolopha Indian Koklass (Lesson, R, 1829)
  • P. m. castanea Chestnut-mantled Koklass Gould, 1854
  • P. m. biddulphi Kashmir Koklass Marshall, GFL, 1879
  • P. m. nipalensis Nepal Koklass Gould, 1854

Golden-collared group

  • P. m. xanthospila Yellow-necked Koklass Gray, GR, 1864
  • P. m. meyeri Meyer's Koklass Madarász, 1886
  • P. m. ruficollis Orange-collared Koklass David & Oustalet, 1877

Eastern group

  • P. m. joretiana Joret's Koklass Heude, 1883
  • P. m. darwini Darwin's Koklass Swinhoe, 1872

Similar species






From the Himalayas to China; steep slopes in coniferous and mixed forested mountains, at 600–1,900 metres (2,000–6,200 ft) in temperate zone.[6]


  1. ^ John H. Boyd III (September 26, 2011). "Galliformes Landfowl". TiF Checklist. Retrieved 18-06-2021.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Pucrasia macrolopha". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Koklass Pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha (Lesson, 1829)". Avibase. 
  4. ^ https://www.hbw.com/our-taxonomy#Phasianidae
  5. ^ a b (Subscription required) McGowan, P.J.K., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2018). Koklass Pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53481 on 12 May 2018).
  6. ^ a b c Brazil, Mark (2009). Birds of East Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and Russia. Princeton University Press. ISBN 97801691139265 Check |isbn= value: length (help). 

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