Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Galliformes
Family Phasinidae
Genus Catreus
Species wallichi
Subspecies n/a
Synonyms n/a
Local name Cheer
Distribution The Cheer Pheasant is the resident bird distributed in the highlands and scrublands of the Himalayas region of India, Nepal and Pakistan. In Nepal, it is found in Annapurna Conservation area project (ACAP) and Dhorpatan area.

These birds lack the color and brilliance of most pheasants, with buffy gray plumage and long gray crests. Its long tail is gray and brown. The female is slightly smaller in overall size.It has long, broadly barred tail, pronounced crest, and red facial skin. Male is more cleanly and strongly marked than female, with pronounced barring on mantle, unmarked neck and broader barring across tail. It lives for 4-6 years.

Conservation status:
Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix I of CITES. While an endangered species, there are attempts to reintroduce captive bred Cheer Pheasant in Pakistan.