Koklass pheasant


The koklass pheasant is a medium-sized bird. It is difficult to find and confined to high altitude forests. It remains in pairs or in small family groups throughout the year.

How does the bird appear…

The male has silver-grey upper parts streaked with velvety-black down the centre of each feather. The head is black which is its unique feature. The breast is chestnut brown and has prominent white patches on the sides of neck.

The female has upper parts covered with pale brown plumage.
Both sexes have distinct elongated tails tipped with pale feathers. Juveniles resemble adult females in plumage.

Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It is a boreal bird and is found in high altitude forests.


Koklass is vegetarian for most part of the year when it feeds on pine nuts, pine shoots, bamboo shoots and seeds. It feeds on insects during warm season.

Breeding & Nesting

Nests are built on ground. They are monogamous with a slight tendency toward social polyandry. Both parents rear the chicks.

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