Malayan Great Argus

(Argusianus argus argus)

FUN FACT

The male Malayan Great Argus has the longest tail feathers of any wild bird. The bird's taxonomic and common names both derive from Argus, the hundred-eyed giant, from Greek mythology (a reference to the many eye-like spots on the Argus's wings and tail).

Distribution

Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Peninsula.

Habitat

Deep jungle.

Diet

Great Arguses are omnivorous, with a diet that varies depending on season (ants, seeds, fallen fruit, shoots, slugs, and grubs).

Breeding

Status

Near Threatened

At the Aviary

See the Malayan Great Argus in our Tropical Forest exhibit.