Birds of Morni: White-crested Kalij Pheasant

White-crested Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos hamiltonii)- a pheasant of the western-Himalayas, especially the foothills. The males have a thin white crest, crimson face wattles and a glossy blue-black body. The breast and abdomen has grey-white feathers. The rump as well as middle and lower back is whitish. The bill is greenish-white. The legs are grey-white. The females have a brown crest and body is brownish.

White-crested Kalij Pheasant, Khol-hai-Raitan WLS, near Mandhna, Morni hills (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)
White-crested Kalij Pheasant, Khol-hai-Raitan WLS, near Mandhna, Morni hills (Photo courtesy Rajesh Pandey)