* Threatened or Endangered

Brown-eared Pheasant *

 : Crossoptilon mantchuricum

 : Bird

 : Mountain forests of northeastern China

 : Roots, bulbs, and plant matter

 : Up to 39 inches long

 : Listed as vulnerable due to their isolated population, deforestation, and illegal hunting.


This dark brown pheasant has a black crown and red face skin with long white feathers behind its eyes. This is the rarest species of genus Crossoptilon. Male and female brown-eared pheasants look practically identical. The best way to tell the difference is in the spurs, where the male will have larger, more rounded spurs.