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Malayan Peacock-pheasant - male

Malayan Peacock-pheasant - male

Scientific name: Polyplectron malacense
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

Also called: Crested Peacock-pheasant or Malaysian Peacock-pheasant

A shy and elusive bird, the Malayan Peacock-pheasant is endemic to lowland forests of the Malay Peninsula, inhabiting mainly rainforests up to 150 m above sea level rarely occurring even as low as 300 m ASL. Its feeding habits are little-studied, but it probably eats a mix of plant matter (particularly fruits) and small arthropods like its better-known relatives.

It forages in typical galliform fashion, by scratching and pecking just like an ordinary farmyard chicken. Other items found in Malayan Peacock-pheasant stomachs were probably not ingested deliberately; they include moss, twigs, rootlets and part of an Apocynaceae flower.

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