Lophura edwardsi Oustalet, 1896

Edwards's pheasant



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status

Last record: 1923 (Scott, 1965); 1930 (1928?)

Rediscovered in 1996

IUCN RedList status: Critically Endangered



central Vietnam


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Oustalet, E. (1896). Description de cinq espèces nouvelles d’oiseaux appartenant au Museum d’Histoire Naturelle et provenant de la Chine et de l’Indo-Chine. Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. [Paris] 2: 314-317.

Other references:

Anonymous. (1964). List of rare birds, including those thought to be so but of which detailed information is still lacking. IUCN Bulletin 10(Special Supplement): 4 pp.

BirdLife International. (2012). Lophura edwardsi. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.1. ( Downloaded on 10 July 2012.

Boev, Z. (2022). Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene Birds of Northern Vietnam (Caves Dieu and Maxa I, Thanh Hoa Province)—Paleornithological Results of the Joint Bulgarian-Vietnamese Archaeological Expeditions, 1985–1991 (Paleoavifaunal Research). Quaternary 5: 31.

Brickle, N. W., Duckworth, J. W., Tordoff, A. W., Poole, C. M., Timmins, R. and McGowan, P. J. K. (2008). The status and conservation of Galliformes in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Biodiversity and Conservation 17(6): 1393-1427.

Collar, Nigel J. (2020). Preparing captive-bred birds for reintroduction: the case of the Vietnam Pheasant Lophura edwardsi. Bird Conservation International. DOI: [Abstract]

Hennache, A., E. Randi, & V. Lucchini. (1999). Genetic diversity, phylogenetic relationships and conservation of Edwards's Pheasant Lophura edwardsi. Bird Cons. Intl. 8: 395-410.

Hennache, A., Rasmussen, P., Lucchini, V., Rimondi, S. and Randi, E. (2003). Hybrid origin of the imperial pheasant Lophura imperialis (Delacour and Jabouille, 1924) demonstrated by morphology, hybrid experiments, and DNA analyses. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 80: 573-600.

Scheffers, Brett R., Yong, Ding Li, Harris, J. Berton C., Giam, Xingli and Sodhi, Navjot S. (2011). The world’s rediscovered species: back from the brink? PLoS ONE 6(7): e22531. [Supporting Information (Table S1)]

Scott, Peter (ed.). (1965). Preliminary List of Rare Mammals and Birds, pp. 155-237. In: The Launching of a New Ark. First Report of the President and Trustees of the World Wildlife Fund. An International Foundation for saving the world's wildlife and wild places 1961-1964. London: Collins.


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