2015 Bonanza Bird #24: Bulwer's Pheasant

Our Birdorable Bonanza: 2015 Advent Edition is starting to wind down. Today, on Christmas Eve, we reveal our second-to-last Bonanza bird: the Bulwer's Pheasant!

Bulwer's Pheasant

Bulwer's Pheasants are wildly plumaged chicken-sized birds endemic to Borneo in southeast Asia. They are found in highland tropical forest habitat, where they feed on ants, termites, seeds, and more. This species has several alternate names, including Bulwer's Wattled Pheasant, Bulwer's Fireback, and White-tailed Wattled Pheasant.

Bulwer's Pheasants exhibit extreme sexual dimorphism -- male and female plumage varies significantly. Male Bulwer's Pheasants, like our cute Birdorable version here, have an unmistakable plumage. They have long and puffy white tails. They also have amazing bright blue facial wattles which can be distended during mating rituals. Females, however, have a mostly dull brown plumage.

Photo of a Bulwer's Pheasant
Drawing of a Bulwer's Pheasant

We've almost reached the end of our 25 day Bonanza! Tomorrow's bird is is a small owl that lives in the United States and Canada with a somewhat Christmasy name. Can you guess what it is?


ƲσƖcαяσηα ウルガモス (White-throated Sparrow) on December 24, 2015 at 1:34 PM wrote:
OMGG ITS SO PRETTYYYY... The bonanza was great, but what I didn't like was that there weren't too many songbirds (I'm a big fan of those), and birodrable got the 2 most-needed woodpeckers. Maybe Elf or Boreal Owl...
Thomas Mayer on December 25, 2015 at 10:49 PM wrote:
Snowy Owl.
Spurwing Plover on February 25, 2016 at 2:02 AM wrote:
In almost any case with birds its the male who is more colorful then the female like with the Birds of Paradise
Heather Richards on October 6, 2016 at 6:50 PM wrote:
This bird has a ponytail!!!!!(I'm a big fan of those). I have my hair in a ponytail every day!
I love Falcons on December 26, 2016 at 12:26 PM wrote:
Louise Warner on February 27, 2017 at 7:30 AM wrote:
it's clearly an elf owl!
Heather Richards on March 9, 2017 at 3:32 PM wrote:
..........."They also have bright blue ponytails which can be patooped (flipped, like hair) during sistering"............... I am going to flip my hair in ponytails painted blue and see if anyone wants to be my sister, or if someone thinks my hair is so beautiful that they want to be my sister! Or if they want to take me home.
Heather Richards on May 5, 2018 at 9:46 PM wrote:
ELF OWL!!!!! I love owls!
Spurwing Plover on November 16, 2020 at 10:04 PM wrote:
Q.What do Owls like to Read? A.Who done its
Dav Pond on November 23, 2020 at 8:18 PM wrote:
I love that i love owls

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