Great Argus Argusianus argus

Great Argus
Giant Argus head
The Great Argus is a huge pheasant named after the 100-eyed giant Argus in Greek mythology because of its many-"eyed" plumage. It lives in the forests of Indonesia, Malaya and Borneo.
Great Argus
Giant Argus
The bird is vulnerable through deforestation and excessive trapping and hunting.
Great Argus
Great Argus
Giant Argus
Size comparison with two Collared Doves. Most of the size is the length of the wings and tail which are raised in a stunning courtship display and dance. The male clears his dancing area of leaves, twigs and debris and defends it aggressively.
Great Argus
Great Argus
Giant Argus
Only the blue-headed male (shown above) is so large and intricately-patterned.
Great Argus hen
Great Argus female
Giant Argus
The hen (above), as with most pheasants, is smaller, less showy, better camouflaged and shy.
Great Argus blue face Head with bare, blue face
Great Argus He loses the tail in non-breeding plumage.
Great Argus
Great Argus
Great Argus Close-up of the plumage
Great Argus