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Brown eared pheasant

Aviary with storks, Paignton, February 19th 2012.

Brown eared pheasant
gentle lemur, 22 Feb 2012
    • gentle lemur
      Aviary with storks, Paignton, February 19th 2012.
    • Pertinax
      Isn't it a Blue-eared?:confused:

      For many years I though the different colours referred to the 'ears' not to the body colour of the 'eared' pheasants.:
    • Chlidonias
      that's why it's blue eared pheasant (etc) and not blue-eared pheasant ;)

      (or for those that like capitalisation for clarity, Blue Eared Pheasant and not Blue-eared Pheasant)
    • Maguari
      Or, I've noticed, "Blue Eared-pheasant", which I quite like on clarity grounds.
    • gentle lemur
      It's brown because it's brown, blue ones are grey (if you see what I mean). Moreover the brown colour is graduated, darker at the head and paler near the tail, which is not shown in the photo; the blue-grey is much more uniform.
      The 'ears' are always white, except of course in the white eared which hardly has 'ears' at all :rolleyes:

      Alan
    • Chlidonias
      I've seen that one too and though I don't like the recent proliferation of hyphenated common names that has taken hold in the birding world (especially for warblers and the like) I must admit that I do quite appreciate Eared-pheasant for, as you say, clarity.
    • Pertinax
      Of course I'll take your word for it,;) though I can't see any Brown on this bird at all. The only easy one of these for me is the White Eared because its mostly White.:)
    • gentle lemur
      I wish to submit further evidence, Your Honour, in the form of Exhibit B. This is a photo taken of one of the pheasants in the same aviary less than 24 hours after mine above (Exhibit A) which My Learned Friend cordell21, who I have never met, posted a little before mine. I think there are a trio of these pheasants in this aviary, so there is a 3 to 1 chance that it shows the same bird.
      Exhibit B
      The Defence rests :D
    • Pertinax
      The court duly accepts your evidence. Release this man.
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