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Cheer Pheasant Catreus wallichii   - Male
Cheer Pheasant
Photographer : © P V Subramaniam & Sarita Subramaniam
Location :Vinayak Village, Pangot, Uttarakhand, India
Date : 26 January 2011
English synonyms:Chir Pheasant, Wallich's Pheasant
Bird Family :Phasianidae - Partridges, Chukar, Francolins, Quails, Spurfowl, Pheasants, Tragopans, Monals, Junglefowl, Arguses, Peafowl, Grouse, Ptarmigans & Capercaillies
Red Data Status :Vulnerable
Remarks :We were lucky to spot four of these endangered beauties at fairly close quarters, but had to keep our excitement down for fear of letting their location become known to passerby who are inclined to hunt them....
Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic species endemic to the Indian Subcontinent (India & Nepal; formerly Pakistan).
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