Pheasants and Partridges (Phasianidae)

Malaysian Peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron malacense) - HBW 2, p. 548

French: Éperonnier malais German: Malaienpfaufasan Spanish: Espolonero Malayo
Other common names: Malay(an)/Crested Peacock-pheasant

Taxonomy: Pavo malacensis Scopoli, 1786, East Indies = Malacca.
Forms superspecies with P. schleiermacheri and possibly P. emphanum. P. schleiermacheri has been considered race of present species. Monotypic.

Distribution: Malay Peninsula (almost exclusively S of Isthmus of Kra) in extreme S Burma, S Thailand and Peninsular Malaysia. Possibly extinct in Thailand. Sumatra has traditionally been included in species' distribution, but there is no evidence to support this claim.