BULWER’S PHEASANT (Lophura bulweri) ©Kenneth Fink
This is the damnest thing! I looked at it for a minute not really sure what I was looking at. It looks like something out of Star Wars and not a real animal but it’s actually the head of the Bulwer’s Wattled Pheasant. The red is the eye area and the blue is all for show…I haven’t found a good full bird shot, but I’ll keep looking.
Endemic to Borneo, the male Bulwer’s pheasant is undoubtedly one of the most striking of all pheasants, notable for its voluminous, gleaming white tail and distinctive, brilliant blue facial skin and wattles, which are distended to spectacular effect during courtship. These ornamental features, together with the crimson-red legs, stand out in dramatic contrast to the glossy blue-black plumage of the body. This dark plumage has indistinct bluish spotting at the tips of upperpart feathers and a lustrous purple sheen to the throat and upper breast. Females are smaller and have a dark mottled rufous-brown plumage with fine black vermiculations, dull bluish facial skin and red legs.
Fact Source: http://www.arkive.org/bulwers-pheasant/lophura-bulweri/image-G20037.html#text=Description
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