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Blood Pheasant is a relatively small, short-tailed pheasant , having the size of a small fowl, about 17 in (43 cm) in length with a short convex, very strong black bill, feathered between bill and eye, and a small crest of various coloured feathers. Both males and females have red feet and a distinct ring of bare skin around the eye that typically is crimson colored, but is orange in a few subspecies.
Coniferous or mixed forests and scrub areas near the snowline. Mountains.
The blood pheasant was the national bird of the former Kingdom of Sikkim,and remains Sikkim's state bird.