Cheer Pheasant Catreus wallichii

Family: Phasianidae (Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse)

Authority: (Hardwicke, 1827)

Red List Category

Criteria: C2a(i)

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Justification of Red List category
This pheasant's small population is naturally fragmented because it lives in small patches of successional grassland. Human population pressure, grazing pressure from livestock, hunting and changing patterns of land-use are resulting in its decline within this habitat, so it qualifies as Vulnerable. Some recent information puts the population size at a lower level than was previously estimated; however, it is not thought likely that all subpopulations are very small, so its status is currently retained as Vulnerable.

Population size: 2000-2700

Population trend: Decreasing

Extent of occurrence (breeding/resident): 259,000 km2

Country endemic: No

Land-mass type - continent
Realm - Indomalayan
Realm - Palearctic
IUCN Ecosystem -- Terrestrial biome

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2022) Species factsheet: Catreus wallichii. Downloaded from on 06/12/2022. Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2022) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 06/12/2022.