Crested Fireback Lophura ignita Scientific name definitions

Guy M. Kirwan, Josep del Hoyo, Philip J. K. McGowan, Nigel Collar, David Christie, and Peter F. D. Boesman
Version: 2.0 — Published September 24, 2021


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Throughout its range, this is a species of lowland forest, but it is recorded also in logged forest (2). On the Malay Peninsula, Crested Fireback has been recorded to ca. 1,200 m, although is reportedly rare at such elevations, and the species exhibits a strong preference for closed-canopy, damp, valley-bottom habitats (4). At Kuala Lompat, Kerau Wildlife Reserve (Pahang), 40% of encounters with this species were within 100 m of a river in areas that flooded seasonally (1). On Borneo, it occupies similar habitats; in Sabah, Crested Fireback is apparently recorded to only 600 m (40), but it is noted as occurring to 1,300 m on Borneo as a whole (25), and generally is found at higher elevations than Crestless Fireback (Lophura erythrophthalma). On Sumatra, the species is apparently restricted to areas below 600 m (32).

Throughout its range, however, Crested Fireback is somewhat tolerant of forest degradation, having been recorded in logged forest outside Danum Valley Conservation Area (Sabah), in remnant patches of logged forest outside Semenggoh Forest Reserve, in Kuching (western Sarawak), and is regularly encountered—sometimes at even higher densities (e.g., 41)—in selectively logged forests and even fruit gardens (42).

Recommended Citation

Kirwan, G. M., J. del Hoyo, P. J. K. McGowan, N. Collar, D. A. Christie, and P. F. D. Boesman (2021). Crested Fireback (Lophura ignita), version 2.0. In Birds of the World (B. K. Keeney, Editor). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.crefir1.02