Catreus wallichii (Hardwicke, 1827) - Cheer Pheasant

Subspecies in India

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This species is rare. It inhabits forests and shrublands on the rocky terrains of India (mainly Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Kashmir), Nepal and Pakistan, at the heights of 1,445m-3,050m asl. This species is dispersed into small groups living in its suitable habitats (BirdLife International 2017).

Conservation Status:
 
This species is listed as Vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


According to the IUCN Red List Assessment, the population of this species is declining, with the current population size estimated at 2,000-2,700 individuals. The primary threat to this species is hunting (as a traditional sport, medicine, and delicacy). Another threat to its persistence comes from habitat disturbance due to fire and overgrazing (BirdLife International 2017).

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Bihar
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka
Kerala
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh
Maharashtra
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal
Total

BirdLife International 2017. Catreus wallichii (amended version of 2016 assessment). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22679312A112455142. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22679312A112455142.en. Accessed on 31 January 2020.

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Catreus wallichii (Hardwicke, 1827) – Cheer Pheasant. In Satose, V., A. Bayani, V. Ramachandran, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 2.17. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.birdsofindia.org/catreus-wallichii, accessed 2024/06/25.