Native Animals

Polyplectron inopinatum

Mountain Peacock Pheasant
VU
Vulnerable
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
ver 3.1, 2016
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SSN 22330
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Taxonomy

Description

The Mountain Peacock Pheasant also known as Rothschild’s Peacock-pheasant is a medium-sized pheasant. It can be found in cool, damp montane forest above 800 m, including stunted elfin forest. This species is endemic to Peninsular Malaysia.

Scientifically known as Polyplectron inopinatum, the Mountain Peacock Pheasant has a dark-grey head and neck, black breast, and chestnut coloured mantle and wings, which are adorned with small bluish-green ocelli (eyelike spots of colour). The females are smaller than the males, have smaller black ocelli, and a shorter, less graduated tail with almost no ocelli. Both sexes are similar, although there are some small differences (Jeyarajasingam & Pearson, 2012). In the wild, the Mountain Peacock Pheasant appears to eat mainly on grubs, fruits and insects on the forest floor.

Assessment

Year Published Assessment Red List Category Version
2016 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Vulnerable (VU)
3.1
2013 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Vulnerable (VU)
3.1
2012 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Vulnerable (VU)
N/A
2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Vulnerable (VU)
N/A
2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Vulnerable (VU)
N/A
2000 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Vulnerable (VU)
N/A
1996 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Vulnerable (VU)
N/A
1994 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Vulnerable (VU)
N/A
1988 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
Near Threatened (NT)
N/A

Biodiversity Experts

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Abdul Rahman (Mr.)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN)
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Azmi Mat Ali (Mr.)
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Farah Shafawati Mohd Taib (Dr.)
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)
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University of Malaya (UM)
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Rosli Ramli (Assoc. Prof. Dr.)
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PM - Peninsular Malaysia; SBH - Sabah; SWK - Sarawak; SEA - Southeast Asia; W - World;

References

Book
  1. MNS Bird Conservation Council. 2015. A Checklist of the Birds of Malaysia Second Edition. Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Nature Society - Bird Conservation Council, Malaysia. pp. 60.
  2. Davison, G.W.H. & Chew, Y. F. (1995). A Photographic Guide to Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. New Holand Ltd. pp. 144.
  3. Dickinson, E.C. & J.V.Remsen, Jr. (2013). The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World 4th. edition. Non-Passerines, Volume 1. Aves Press Limited, Eastbourne, England. pp. 461.
  4. Jamaludin, H., Yatim, H.S.H., Abu Hashim, A.K., Saaban, S., Hassan, H., Othman, A. & Mohd Nor, D.H. (2007). Avifauna: Taman Negara: Senarai Spesies. Jabatan Perlindungan Hidupan Liar dan Taman Negara Malaysia (PERHILITAN), Malaysia. pp. 44.
  5. Jeyarajasingam, A., Norhayati, A., Yasser, M.A. & Ilias, R. (2016). Burung-burung Malaysia : Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Penerbit UKM, Bangi, Malaysia. pp. 165. — [ Adobe PDF (PDF) ] — [ | eBook (EPUB) ]
  6. Latiff, A., Maimon, A., Norhayati, A. & Jumaat, H.A. (2009). Bukit Fraser: Crown of the Titiwangsa Range. Penerbitan Pusat Penyelidikan Bukit Fraser, UKM, Bangi, Malaysia.
  7. Omar, R. (2018). Birds of the Forests of Peninsular Malaysia: A Photographic Guide. Strategic Information and Research Development Centre, Malaysia. pp. 351.
  8. Rajendran, S. & Jeyarajasingam, A. (2021). Malaysian Birds - A Glimpse. Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Malaysia. pp. 1-335.
  9. Rosla, M. (2014). Burung-burung di Semenanjung Malaysia: Hak Milik Kita yang Terlepas Pandang, Volume 1. Red Door To Hunt, Malaysia. pp. 369.
  10. Jeyarajasingam, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford. pp. 449.
Chapter in book
  1. Idris, A.B. (2010). Diversity of Flora and Fauna of Fraser's Hill, Pahang. In Jumaat, H.A., Gasim, M.B., Sakawi, Z., Er, A.C., Zulfahmi, A.R., Tambi, N. & Juhari, M.A.A. (Eds.), Bio-kejuruteraan Penilaian Ekosistem & Spesies 2010, Bukit Fraser: Kesihatan Persekitaran untuk Kesejahteraan Masa Hadapan. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia & Tourism Pahang, Perbadanan Kemajuan Bukit Fraser. pp. 33-43.
Checklist
  1. Senarai Nama-nama Burung Semenanjung Malaysia dan Asia Tenggara (1981)
Magazine/Bulletin
  1. MALAYSIA - Birdwatching Paradise (October 2015). Tourism Malaysia, Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, Malaysia. — [ Adobe PDF (PDF) ]
  2. Malaysian Whistling Thrush Myophonus robinsoni —Field Identification, Distribution and Conservation Concerns. BirdingASIA, Vol. 14 (2010). Oriental Bird Club

Acknowledgements :- Mr. Ahmad Amir Firdaus Bin Mad Apandi, Ms. Aida Salihah Binti Abu Bakar, Ms. Ajla Rafidah Baharom, Mr. Allen Jeyarajasingam, Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Ms. Fatin Qurratul 'ain Binti Saberam, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Ms. Nursyafiqa Madzlen, Ms. Siti Zubaidah Binti Abdul Latif, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

Photo credit :- Koay Zhong Ying, Mohd Suhaimi Bin Mohd Yusof, Muhammad Al Zahri & Rosli Omar

Species Citation :- Polyplectron inopinatum. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via https://www.mybis.gov.my/sp/22330. [Retrieved 12 August 2022].

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