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Syrmaticus humiae, the Humes Bartail Pheasant is also known as the Black-necked Bar-tailed Pheasant. British naturalist Allan Octavian Hume named the bird to commemorate his wife, Mary Ann Grindall Hume.

The Humes Bartail Pheasant is a large Asian forest pheasant. The males are beautiful and this species would make a fabulous addition to any pheasant collection.

Male Humes Bartail Pheasants sport a smooth gray-tan head that shifts into a metallic blue color down the neck the shoulders. The wings, shoulders, and body of the bird are chestnut-mahogany red in color, and the tail is barred in black, gray and brownish wheat color. The barring for which these birds are named though is probably the distinguishing three broad white and blue stripes on the dark mahogany wings. Males also have a red facial patch. The female is a light-colored brown with chestnut highlights, a wheaten-buff underside, and white tipped tail feathers.

Range: Humes Bartail Pheasants are found in northeastern India, Burma, Thailand and southwestern China.

Habitat: Open dry forests of oak, pine, and mixed conifers seem to be favorite habitats of the Humes Bartail Pheasant. They seem to prefer rocky hillsides in high elevations of 4,000-10,000 feet with grassy or scrubby clearings.

Status in the Wild: The actual population and status of the Humes Bartail Pheasant in the wild is unknown. The species is considered to be Near Threatened in Conservation Status and endangered. Wild populations tend to be small and fragmented. New studies are suggesting that these birds have a general resilience to habitat destruction and good adaptability. In Burma, populations are beginning to be considered secure.

Status in Aviculture: Humes Bartail Pheasants are uncommon in American aviculture.

Breeding: The breeding season of Humes Bartail Pheasants is usually April through May. Breeding can occur in the first year. This is a rare species in aviculture, and it is important to avoid hybridization with similar pheasant species.

Incubation: Clutch size of the Humes Bartail Pheasant is between 3 and 12 light, cream-colored or pinkish eggs in a nest. Nests are made of dry vegetation, twigs, and feathers usually in a secluded corner of the enclosure on the ground. The eggs are incubated for 27-28 days.

Lifespan: The lifespan of most wild pheasants is under 2 years. In captivity Humes Bartail Pheasant can live more than 8 years old.

Size: Male Humes Bartail Pheasants are 30-36 inches in length and females are 23-26 inches in length. Males usually weigh between 2 and 2.25 pounds and females weigh 1.5 to 2 pounds.

Housing Requirements: Humes Bartail Pheasants are active and large birds and require a large enclosure. At least 200 square feet should be provided per bird. Providing vegetation and natural plantings would add to their well-being. Be sure the enclosure also provides the necessary protection against predators as well as extra shelter for winter months. Like many pheasants, these can be flighty and spook easily. Provide hiding places and areas of seclusion especially for nesting would help alleviate stress.

Diet: Humes Bartail Pheasants are mostly vegetarian. They consume a wide assortment of greens, grasses, seeds, nuts, and some live food. A commercial game bird feed with 20% protein is appropriate for feeding these birds. Provide chopped fruits, veggies, sunflower seeds, and other seeds and nuts to add diversity to the diet.

Miscellaneous Notes: Most of the other pheasant species with red facial patches are stockier, short-tailed birds. The Humes Bartail Pheasant is unusual in having the red patches and a long and elegant body and tail.


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