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The Blood Pheasant

I have a confession: I forgot all about this challenge! 😔

Before I continue, I want to thank my sister Denisia for helping me with this project. She found the majority of photos – including the one I’m about to do – for she was excited to help. Thank you, sis! I really appreciate it. 💙 This bird is truly a beauty!

The Blood Pheasant from the Himalayas. The males have vivid red coloring on the feathers of the breast, throat, forehead and tail.

🐦 There are 15 different subspecies of the Blood Pheasant. This species is so named from the fact that the males have a vivid red coloring on the feathers of the breast, throat, and forehead. Females tend to have duller shades of reddish-brown, but both males and females have a ring of bare skin around the eye that is crimson-colored and red feet. 

Blood Pheasant - Adult female (Ithaginis cruentus tibetanus) | Thrumsing La, Bhutan

Image: Female Blood Pheasant

🐦 They originated from the Himalayas and can be found in the mountains of Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim, Tibet, northern Burma, and northwest areas of China.

🐦 The Blood Pheasant is the state bird of the Indian state of Sikkim. This is off-topic, but Sikkim is GORGEOUS!! 

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🐦 They are good runners, but poor fliers. 

🐦 These birds prefer green natural habitat such as mixed forests and scrub areas right at the snowline. Depending on the season, they can be found at a higher elevation. 

Tibetan Blood Pheasant (Ithaginis cruentus tibetanus) - Adult male;Thrumshingla National Park, Bhutan

Other birds with the letter ‘B’ I considered were the Bald Eagle, Bahama Mockingbird, Bamboo Scrub-Warbler and the Barn Owl. I leave you with a video of the Blood Pheasant in its natural habitat.

Images: Pinterest; Condé Nast Traveler

Reference/s: beautyofbirds.com; thewebsiteofeverything.com; YouTube

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