Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita) - HBW 2, p. 536

French: Faisan noble German: Haubenfasan Spanish: Faisán Noble
Other common names: Vieillot's Fireback; Malaysian Fireback (rufa)

Taxonomy: Phasianus ignitus Shaw, 1797, Java; error = south Borneo (between Pontianak and Bandjarmasin).
Has alternatively been placed in genus Euplocamus. Race rufa has been considered a distinct species. Race macartneyi very variable, and perhaps an unstable form; might be hybrid of rufa and ignita; sumatrana is synonym of macartneyi. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • rufa (Raffles, 1822) - Malay Peninsula (S from Isthmus of Kra) and Sumatra (except SE).
  • macartneyi (Temminck, 1813) - SE Sumatra, from area of Palembang S to Lampung.
  • ignita (Shaw, 1797) - Kalimantan (Borneo) and Bangka I (off SE Sumatra).
  • nobilis (P. L. Sclater, 1863) - Sarawak and Sabah (N Borneo).