Great Argus

The Great Argus is distributed in the jungles of Borneo, Sumatra and Malay Peninsula in southeast Asia. It feeds on forest floor in early morning and evening. Unusual among Galliformes, the Great Argus has no oil gland and the hen lays only two eggs.

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The Great Argus is classified as Near Threatened (NT), is close to qualifying for or is likely to qualify for a threatened category in the near future.

The Great Argus, Argusianus argus (also known as Phoenix in some Asian areas) is a brown-plumaged pheasant with a small blue head and neck, rufous red upper breast, black hair-like feathers on crown and nape, and red legs. The male is among the largest of all pheasants, with up to 200cm in length. It has very long tail feathers. The male's most spectacular features are its huge, broad and greatly elongated secondary wing feathers decorated with large ocelli. More

of Bornean Great Argus that could well be the only pair in the US. I would love to find someone with some so that we could make up pairs that would not be so closely related. - Images Click on thumbnails for larger views. 1 2 3 4 Photo Credits (l to r): 1, Kim Wanders; 2, Matt Tuttle; 3, Myles Lamont; 4, Jan Harteman. More

Great Argus have a broad, elaborately patterned tail which is twice as long as their bodies. Their wing span is about .72 m. The Great Argus of Malaya, Sumatra, and Borneo may reach a total length of 2m(6.5 feet). They weigh about 12 kilograms. The males are brightly colored with an elaborate pattern whereas females are less vibrant in color with shades of buff and brown with darker streaking and barring. The Great Argus has markings on its wings that resemble eyes. More

The Great Argus, Argusianus argus, was named by Carolus Linnaeus for the many eyes-like pattern on its wings. This pheasant's natural habitat can be found in the jungles of Borneo, Sumatra and Malay Peninsula in Southeast Asia, where it can be seen feeding on the forest floors in the early mornings and evenings. They appear to prefer primary forest areas; they are progressively less common in old and young secondary forests. More

The Great Argus Pheasant occurs in two races, the Malay and the Bornean. Their display is quite extraordinary, involving the very long wing coverts as well as the tail. Some consider them rather unattractive birds when not displaying, but I personally find them to be fascinating and not at all unattractive. They reach full adult plumage in their third year. Two eggs are laid in a clutch and the hen sits for 24-25 days. In temperate areas they require additional heat. More

Great argus males are amongst the most unusual and distinctive of all birds, unmistakable with their astoundingly long wing and tail feathers, decoratively adorned with iridescent eye-spots (ocelli) (4). The elongated secondary wing feathers, important for flight in most other birds, have evolved instead for courtship display in this species, to the detriment of flying ability (5). Upperparts of the male are otherwise rusty-brown, finely mottled with intricate buff and black spots (4) (6). More

Bornean great argus male on display ground Bornean great argus male on display groundPrint factsheet Facts - Also known as: Argus pheasant Synonyms: Phasianus argus Spanish: Argos Real Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata Class Aves Order Galliformes More

Great Argus eat fruit, berries, and seeds. They also eat a variety of insects, and invertebrates. At the zoo, they eat processed game bird pellet, fruit, vegetables, mealworms and crickets. Where They Live The Malay Great Argus is found in the jungles of Borneo, Sumatra and Malay Peninsula. More

Great Argus at San Diego Zoo, USA Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Aves Order: Galliformes Family: Phasianidae Genus: Argusianus Rafinesque, 1815 The genus Argusianus (Rafinesque, 1815) consist of two species of spectaculary plumaged pheasant with greatly elongated secondaries and More

tags: Great Argus Pheasant, Great Argus, Phoenix, Argusianus argus, birds, mystery bird, bird ID quiz Great Argus Pheasant, also known as the Great Argus or the Phoenix, Argusianus argus, endemic to Malaya, Sumatra, and Borneo. Image: John del Rio, 2009 . More images by this photographer can be seen on the front page and in the gallery. More

* The Great Argus Pheasant is named after Argus, a giant with 100 eyes in Greek mythology - a reference to its eye-like feather pattern . During courtship displays, the male will circle the female then stop and fan out its wings, displaying the eye spots , while holding its tail feathers straight up. More

Great Argus (Great Argus Pheasant) Argusianus argus Appearance - It is a kind of large bird and no spur , one kind of Thai phesant. Male is more beautiful than female. Grey brown on the wing and have dark spot along also. There is the crest on the crown, blue face and throat with yellow bill and red legs. Male has longer upper cover-tail than female. More

Great Argus from May 15, 2009 in the AP Images collection at HighBeam Research. Atlanta Metro News | - Apr 19, 2008 Atlanta Journal ConstitutionMotherhood came to the attraction's warthogs, Malayan great argus and black and ... And after five years of trying, the zoo's great argus had two chicks, ... pheasant - Britannica Online Encyclopedia - Jun 20, 2008 Subscription - Encyclopedia BritannicaThe great argus of Malaya, Sumatra, and Borneo (A. More

To encounter a Great Argus (Argusianus argus) is a birder’s dream come true. Both the common and scientific names make reference to Argus, the Greek mythology giant with a hundred eyes, in reference to the many eyes-like markings on the wing feathers of the bird. Gerard Goh visited Taman Negara in December 2006 and brought back memories of the Great Argus: “…our trek along the Menam Trail… sighting of the Great Argus in the afternoon of Day 3. More

Malayan great argus at Edinburgh Zoo Here at Edinburgh Zoo we have two Malayan great argus who can be found in the aviaries just up from the rhinos. The male hatched in 2003 and arrived here in June 2006. The female hatched in May 2002 and came to us from Antwerp Zoo, Belgium also in June 2006. More

The Great Argus Pheasant is found in Malaya, Thailand, Sumatra and Borneo, and is always a great attraction to our visitors. Some of the feathers have to be seen to be believed. The secondary wing quills reach lengths in excess of 30 inches (75cms), with a 4 inch width of fibre for the largest of salmon irons. The most famous flies using Argus are Speckled Argus...Painted Argus...White Argus... Argus Dee... Black Canary... Bonfire... Pink Blossom Spey, and the Argus Fly itself. More

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Order : Galliformes
Family : Phasianidae
Genus : Argusianus
Species : argus
Authority : (Linnaeus, 1766)