Vietnamese Crested Argus (Rheinardia ocellata)

The Vietnamese Crested Argus bird, scientifically known as Rheinardia ocellata, is a striking and rare species native to Southeast Asia. This stunning bird is known for its distinct and vibrant markings and is popular among bird enthusiasts and wildlife watchers alike.

The Vietnamese Crested Argus bird belongs to the family of pheasants and is primarily found in the mountainous areas of Vietnam. Adult birds can grow up to 1.5 meters in size, which includes their impressive head crest. The crest is a striking feature of the bird, and it can be erected when the bird feels threatened or during courtship displays.

One of the notable features of the Vietnamese Crested Argus bird is its intricate and mesmerizing plumage. Males are particularly striking with their blue-grey feathers adorned with black spots and lines and white patches. Females, on the other hand, have a browner plumage and lack the vibrant blue and white markings of their male counterparts.

These birds are generally solitary, with males competing intensely for mating rights during the breeding season between January and April. This species predominantly feeds on insects and other small invertebrates, but they also consume fruits and seeds.

Unfortunately, due to habitat destruction and poaching for their beautiful feathers, the Vietnamese Crested Argus bird has become an endangered species. It is listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

Community conservation efforts, habitat restoration, and the establishment of protected areas have helped to provide some hope for the survival of this magnificent bird species. Nevertheless, concerted efforts are required to protect their habitat and prohibit illegal hunting to increase their populations.

In conclusion, the Vietnamese Crested Argus bird is a rare and remarkable bird that deserves greater conservation efforts and attention. Its beauty and ecological importance make it a vital symbol in the conservation of Southeast Asia's biodiversity.

Other names

Rheinardia ocellata



Vietnamese Crested Argus

argus pigallat



pjegavi paun

argus perlový


Vietnamese Gekuifde Argusfazant


Argus ocellé


Argo crestato


kuoduotasis argusas


argus czubaty


Хохлатый аргус

Vijetnamski argus fazan

argus perlový

Argos perlado


Vietnam Tepeli Argusu

аргус чубатий


gyöngyös fácán