The Silver Pheasant, Lophura nycthemera is a large, approximately 125 cm long, white pheasant with bare red facial skin, red legs and glossy black below. The male is adorned with white, long, patterned tail and black dropping crest on its crown. At least two years is needed to attain full male plumage. The female is an olive brown with black-tipped crest.
The Silver Pheasant inhabits to the mountain forests of mainland Southeast Asia and China. There are fourteen subspecies of Silver Pheasant, distributed from east Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, China to the island of Hainan and recently seen in Smiths Station, Alabama and Nanaimo, British Columbia.