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Crossoptilon
190929
Blue Eared Pheasant (Crossoptilon auritum)
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Galliformes
Family Phasianidae
Phasianinae
Genus Crossoptilon

Crossoptilon is a genus of pheasants in the Phasianidae family.

The name Crossoptilon is a combination of the Greek words krossoi, meaning "fringe" and ptilon, meaning "feather"— a name Hodgson felt particularly applied to the white eared pheasant “distinguished amongst all its congeners by its ample fringe-like plumage, the dishevelled quality of which is communicated even to the central tail feathers”. All are large, sexually monomorphic and found in China.

Species

It contains the following species:

Blue Eared Pheasant (Pallas, 1811) (Crossoptilon auritum)
White Eared Pheasant (Hodgson, 1838) (Crossoptilon crossoptilon)
Tibetan Eared Pheasant (Elwes, 1881) (Crossoptilon harmani)
Brown Eared Pheasant (Swinhoe, 1863) (Crossoptilon mantchuricum)
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