Siamese Fireback

The Lophura diardi (scientific name) or siamese fireback is found in the evergreen forests of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. A large bird, with a length of 31.4 inches, the siamese fireback has grey plumage overall with ornamental black crestfeathers, a slate grey neck and a blackish tail which is long and downward curved. The facial skin, legs and feet are crimson-red. The females have brown-coloured plumage. Omnivorous in nature, the siamese fireback feeds on everything from fallen fruits and berries to insects, worms, small crabs, etc. An average clutch-size of the siamese fireback has 5-8 eggs which are incubated for 24-25 days. This bird is the national bird of Thailand, and its IUCN listing is the LEAST CONCERN.

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