The Argus Pheasant (scientific name: Argusianus argus) is a species of pheasant native to Southeast Asia. It is one of the largest species of pheasants and is known for its striking appearance and distinctive, eye-like markings on its feathers.
Male Argus Pheasants have a long, striking tail and a distinctive crest of feathers on their head. Their plumage is iridescent, with a mixture of brown, blue, and green feathers, and they have large, circular markings on their feathers that resemble eyes, which give them a unique appearance. Female Argus Pheasants are more subdued in appearance, with brown and gray plumage and no eye markings.
In their native habitats, Argus Pheasants live in dense forests and feed on a variety of plant material, as well as insects and small vertebrates. They are generally solitary birds and are most active during the day.
Argus Pheasants are considered threatened in their native habitats due to habitat destruction, hunting for food and for their feathers, and collection for the pet trade. In some areas, they are considered endangered and efforts are underway to conserve their populations.
In aviculture, Argus Pheasants are popular as ornamental birds due to their striking appearance and long tails. They are hardy and adaptable to captive environments, but their large size and active nature means they need a spacious aviary or outdoor enclosure to thrive.