Cheer Pheasant Catreus wallichii

Cheer Pheasant
Cheer Pheasant
Cheer Pheasant
The Cheer Pheasant, named after the chir pine trees they roost in, lives high in the Himalayas in Nepal, northern India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The only species in its genus, the endangered population continues to decrease; shot for "sport" through the last century, it is still hunted and its eggs eaten.
Cheer Pheasant
Cheer Pheasant
Cheer Pheasant
Unusually for a pheasant, the male, top row, is not brightly coloured. He looks similar to the cryptically camouflaged female, above, but has a larger red eye-patch with wattle and a longer tail.