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Birds of Malaysia

Pheasants and partridges which are plump in shape and rather like chicken, belong to the family phasianidae under the Order Galliformes. Both include some of the most beautiful birds in the world. They are sometimes characterised by their wattled head (Junglefowls and Firebacks) long tails (Argus and Peafowls) or their beautiful and brilliant colours (Peacocks) and elaborate courtship displays of the male.

There are 49 species of pheasants and 141 species of partridges are found in Malaysia. All these species are protected under Wildlife Act. The variety in domestic poultry was derived from the red jungle fowls.  Malaysian pheasants are found in rainforest areas, ranging from lowland to mountains, some of which are endemic to Malaysia. Mountain Peacock Pheasant (Polyplectron inopinatum) in Peninsular Malaysia and Bulwer's Pheasant (Lophura bulweri) in Sabah and Sarawak.

Most pheasants and partridges are forest dwellers, preferring to find food and build nests under bushes or fallen trees and roost at night on tree branches. They feed on insects, berries, seeds, young shoots, grubs etc. solely on forest floors. They often spend most of their time on the ground. They are not good fliers and do not migrate. They prefer to run or hide from danger only taking to air at the last moment.

Most male pheasants have their own dancing ground where they display and call to attract the females, especially the Argus, Peafowls and Peacocks. The males will keep the areas clean from vegetation and litter and will also guard them against intruders. During the breeding season, the male will display to the maximum their many ocelli (tail feather's eye) to attract females. This normally occurs after the rainy season. In captivity however breeding normally starts at the end of the year and continues until August or September. The females now have to find their own nesting sites. Incubation and caring for the chicks is carried out solely by the females.


Technical Details

Date of Issue : 22nd July 2000

Stamp Value :  20 sen, 30 sen,  50 sen, RM1.00

Stamp Size : 35mm x 35mm

Sheet Content : 100 Stamps

M/Sheet value : RM2.00

First Day Cover Value : 20 Sen

Perforation 14

Paper Watermarked SPM, Phosphor Coated

Printing Process Lithography

Printer : Security Printers (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Designer : Eka IPR Agensi Sdn. Bhd.



This species is endemic to Peninsular Malaysia. Body length varies between 46 - 65 cm.

The male Crested Argus is one of Malaysia's most beautiful ground birds, with body length of 190 to 235 cm including the tail.

They inhibit all logged or unspoilt primary forest of Malaysia. The male argus have a body length of between 160 to 200 cm including the tail which is 105 to 143 cm long.

This species is found in both primary to secondary logged or unlogged forest in Malaysia. The male is between 47 to 50 cm in length while the female is 42 to 44 cm long.

MNH Set of Stamps 4v

Price - USD2.50





Price USD1.10




(Stamps + M/S)

Price USD3.50


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