Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Copper Pheasant (Syrmaticus soemmerringii) - HBW 2, p. 540

French: Faisan scintillant German: Kupferfasan Spanish: Faisán Cobrizo
Other common names: Soemmerring's Pheasant

Taxonomy: Phasianus soemmerringii Temminck, 1830, Japan (north Kyushu).
Has been placed in monotypic genus Graphephasianus. Intergrades between different races reported; races intermedius and subrufus may be synonymous with race scintillans. Hybridization with Phasianus versicolor occasionally recorded in the wild, the offspring being infertile. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • scintillans (Gould, 1866) - N & C Honshu, Japan.
  • intermedius (Nagamichi Kuroda, 1919) - SW Honshu and Shikoku, Japan.
  • subrufus (NagamichKi uroda, 1919) - SE & SW Honshu and SW Shikoku, Japan.

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  • scintillans (Gould, 1866) - N & C Honshu, Japan.
  • intermedius (Nagamichi Kuroda, 1919) - SW Honshu and Shikoku, Japan.
  • subrufus (NagamichKi uroda, 1919) - SE & SW Honshu and SW Shikoku, Japan.
  • soemmerringii (Temminck, 1830) - N & C Kyushu, Japan.
  • ijimae (Dresser, 1902) - SE Kyushu, Japan.