from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as Impeyan pheasant.
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The commercial value of an impeyan skin has varied from five dollars to twenty dollars, according to the number received annually.
And shame upon shame, when we read of 80 impeyan skins "dull," or "slightly defective," we know that these are female birds.
To the millinery hunter, what the egret is to America, and the bird of paradise to New Guinea, the impeyan pheasant is to India -- the most coveted of all plumages.
The heart of the Himalayas, -- the haunts of some of the most beautiful birds in the world, the tragopans, the blood and impeyan pheasants -- lies within the limits of Nepal, a little country which time and time again has bade defiance to British attacks, and still maintains its independence.
But in other parts of this unknown land systematic collecting of skins goes on, for bale after bale of impeyan and red argus (tragopan) pheasant skins goes down to the Calcutta wharves, where its infamous contents, though known, are safe from seizure under the Nepal Raja's seal!