Pheasant “Great Argus”

The great argus is a brown-plumaged pheasant with a blue head and neck, rufous red upper breast, black hair-like feathers on crown and nape, and red legs. The male is among the largest of all pheasants. The male’s most spectacular features are its huge, broad and greatly elongated secondary wing feathers decorated with large ocelli. (Definition of ocelli: A simple eye, found in many invertebrates, consisting of a number of sensory cells and often a single lens.)
Though the great argus is not as colorful as other pheasants, its display surely ranks among the most remarkable. The male clears an open spot in the forest and prepares a dancing ground. He announces himself with loud calls to attract females, then he dances before her with his wings spread into two enormous fans, revealing hundred of “eyes” while his real eyes are hidden behind it, staring at her.

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