Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Koklass Pheasant (Pucrasia macrolopha) - HBW 2, p. 527

French: Eulophe koklass German: Koklasfasan Spanish: Faisán Koklas
Other common names: Koklass

Taxonomy: Satyra macrolopha Lesson, 1829, Almora Hills, Kumaon, India.
Race bethelae may be a clinal form of biddulphi. Many races regarded as intergrades, raising doubts about validity of subspecific taxonomy; a morph of race darwini without chestnut band on underparts was considered a different race, styani. Ten subspecies usually recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • castanea Gould, 1855 - E Afghanistan E to Pakistan (Chitral).
  • biddulphi Marshall, 1879 - Kashmir.
  • bethelae R. L. Fleming, 1947 - NW India (Kulu Valley).

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  • castanea Gould, 1855 - E Afghanistan E to Pakistan (Chitral).
  • biddulphi Marshall, 1879 - Kashmir.
  • bethelae R. L. Fleming, 1947 - NW India (Kulu Valley).
  • macrolopha (Lesson, 1829) - W Himalayas, from Kashmir to Kumaon.
  • nipalensis Gould, 1855 - W Nepal.
  • meyeri Madaràsz, 1886 - SC China (W & SW Sichuan E to NW Yunnan); extinct in SE Tibet.
  • ruficollis David & Oustalet, 1877 - C China (S Gansu, Shaanxi and W Sichuan).
  • xanthospila G. R. Gray, 1864 - NE China (Shaanxi NE through W Hebei and SE Inner Mongolia to SW Manchuria).
  • joretiana Heude, 1883 - CE China (Anhui).
  • darwini Swinhoe, 1872 - C & E China (Hubei, SE Sichuan, Zhejiang and Fujian); extinct in NW Fujian and N Guangdong.