Kalij Pheasant, L. l. melanota or leucomelanos, immature male. Kalij Pheasant, L. l. hamiltonii or leucomelanos, male and female with mostly cold grayish-brown coloration. Kalij Pheasant, L. l. hamiltonii or leucomelanos, male in display posture. They closely resemble some races of Silver Pheasant, and were formerly classified as races of that species—but have been reclassified based primarily on genetic studies. Kalij Pheasant, L. l. crawfurdii, female showing black-and-white streaks and chevrons on the head, neck, and underparts, and black-and-white barring on the outer tail feathers. (Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi, Thailand; February 28, 2016.) A Field Guide to the Birds of Hawaii and the Tropical Pacific. How scarce are Black Pheasants I have three seed feeders two fat ball feeders and one peanut feeders in a bush at my works,four weeks ago a Black Pheasant appeared picking the seed off the ground under the feeders,then he started to fly onto the branches shaking seeds onto the floor jumping Ring-necked Pheasants stride across open fields and weedy roadsides in the U.S. and southern Canada. (Sattal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India; March 1, 2019.) Good Idea with the Melanistic, but its actually easier than that, human intervention. L. 1. crawfordi, male. (Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India; April 10, 2017.) The current classification of these intermediate races, along with the division of all Kalij-Silver races into two species, is based on genetic analyses of relatedness that strongly indicate both the validity of the distinction and the location of the line between them. (Kona Heights, Big Island, Hawaii; January 1, 2019.) © Stefan Hirsch, Kalij Pheasant, L. l. melanota or leucomelanos, female with mostly blackish-brown coloration. © Rajaneesh Ghadi, Kalij Pheasant, L. l. lathami, female and black-plumaged male—note that this female is intermediate between those of the typical and Silver races, showing traces of the latter’s general pattern, as well as its pink legs. (Volcano House, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii; April 23, 2019.) (Accessed February 9, 2020.). Kalij Pheasant, L. l. hamiltonii or leucomelanos, female with mostly dark-brown coloration, showing black outer tail feathers. (Sattal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India; March 31, 2018.) © Susanta Basak, Kalij Pheasant, L. l. hamiltonii or leucomelanos, male. © Vincent Wang, Kalij Pheasant, L. l. crawfurdii, male of a “Silver” race, showing black-and-white vermiculated upperparts, black crest, largely whitish tail, and pale-gray legs. © Cláudia Brasileiro, Kalij Pheasant, L. l. hamiltonii or leucomelanos, female with mostly whitish coloration. (Sattal, Nainital, Uttarakhand, India; March 31, 2018.) Kalij and Silver Pheasants together comprise 24 recognized subspecies, each of which occupies a patch of southern Asia between northern Pakistan and eastern China, and south through most of Indochina to southwestern Thailand and southern Vietnam. The Kalij Pheasant is taxonomically complex, consisting of several races (nine recognized subspecies) that differ widely in appearance but interbreed freely in areas of occasional overlap between them. Male is large (about 80 cm long, including 30 cm tail) and robust (up to 1 kg). © Gyorgy Szimuly, Kalij Pheasant, L. l. hamiltonii or leucomelanos, male showing more extensive white on the back than most. (Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi, Thailand; February 28, 2016.) There are three main forms, with numerous variations and gradations, that can be simplified approximately as: (1) “Typical” from Pakistan to Nepal, and introduced to Hawaii; (2) “Black” from eastern Nepal to Myanmar and southern China; and (3) “Silver” in southern Myanmar and western Thailand. Adding to the complexity, its sibling species, the Silver Pheasant, shows a similar degree of variation, and the races of Kalij and Silver that occupy adjacent areas sometimes interbreed and resemble one another more than either of them resembles distant races of their own species. I will probably contact the D.N.R. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22679217A92807873. 2005. “Black” males (mainly from eastern Nepal to Myanmar and southern China) have almost entirely black plumage, including the topknot, often with a bluish gloss, and with varying amounts of white or gray streaking on the neck and white scaling on the back and rump, and sometimes white or gray in the tail. © Josep del Hoyo, Kalij Pheasant. (Kaeng Krachan National Park, Phetchaburi, Thailand; March 9, 2019.) As a general rule of thumb, male Silver Pheasants show more contrast: they have whiter upperparts and the black vermiculations stand out as lines, whereas male Kalij Pheasants appear partly gray unless seen at very close range. (Big Island Country Club, Pu’u Anahulu, Big Island, Hawaii; August 5, 2005.)