- Just about every Tuesday, Mongabay brings you a new episode of Candid Animal Cam, our show showcasing animals caught on camera traps all-around the globe and hosted by Romi Castagnino, our writer and conservation scientist.
Digital camera traps deliver you closer to the secretive purely natural earth and are an significant conservation tool to examine wildlife. This 7 days we’re assembly 1 of the world’s biggest pheasants: the terrific Argus pheasant.
The terrific Argus pheasant (Argusianus argus) life in the tropical rainforests of the islands of Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay peninsula. It is well known for its attribute plumage and conduct. Males have incredibly long tail feathers the two central ones mature to roughly 1.5 m —nearly 3-quarters of the bird’s whole size. Their secondary wing feathers are decorated with massive eyespot markings. In fact, Carl Linnaeus gave the fantastic Argus pheasant its typical and genus identify immediately after its eye-like pattern on its wings. Its eyespot markings resemble Argus, the numerous-eyed large in Greek mythology.
Fantastic Argus pheasants are listed as Susceptible on the IUCN Crimson list with a declining inhabitants thanks to ongoing habitat loss and to currently being hunted in some areas. Owing to their large entire body dimensions and lousy flight potential, these birds are quickly trapped near their dancing floor. They have been exploited for use in most pieces of Southeast Asia, and their feathers are used for ornamentation. Enjoy the online video to find out more about this species.
Distinctive many thanks to Jonathan Moore for sharing their camera trap footage. You can observe him on Twitter at @Jonatha81270041.
Banner photo: Screenshot of a Great Argus pheasant