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Catreus wallichii (Hardwicke, 1827) – Cheer Pheasant

Taxonomic Notes:

Indian and global distribution:
records (based on images):
Sexual, seasonal & individual variation:
Status, Habitat and Habits:

This species is rare. It inhabits forests and shrublands on the rocky terrains of India (mainly Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Kashmir), Nepal and Pakistan, at the heights of 1,445m-3,050m asl. This species is dispersed into small groups living in its suitable habitats (BirdLife International 2017).

Conservation Status:
This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (

According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population size estimated at 2,000-2,700 individuals. The primary threat to this species is hunting (as a traditional sport, medicine, and delicacy). Another threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to fire and overgrazing (BirdLife International 2017).


BirdLife International 2017. Catreus wallichii (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22679312A112455142. Accessed on 31 January 2020.

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Bhavanarayeni, R., and A. Bayani. 2023. Catreus wallichii (Hardwicke, 1827) – Cheer Pheasant. Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Birds of India, v. 2.17. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
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