GOLDEN PHEASANT (Chrysolophus pictus)
The Golden Pheasant or “Chinese Pheasant”, is a gamebird native to forests in mountainous areas of western China but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
- Both males and females have yellow legs and yellow bills.
- Despite the male’s showy appearance, these hardy birds are very difficult to see in their natural habitat, which is dense, dark young conifer forests with sparse undergrowth. Consequently, little is known of their behaviour in the wild.
- They feed on the ground on grain, leaves and invertebrates, but roost in trees at night. While they can fly, they prefer to run: but if startled they can suddenly burst upwards at great speed, with a distinctive wing sound.
- Although they can fly in short bursts they are quite clumsy in flight and spend most of their time on the ground. Golden Pheasants lay 8-12 eggs at a time and will then incubate these for around 22–23 days. They tend to eat berries, grubs, seeds and other types of vegetation.
- The male has a metallic call in the breeding season.
- The Golden Pheasant is commonly found in zoos and aviaries, but often as impure specimens that have the similar Lady Amherst’s Pheasant in their lineage.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Pheasant
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