The Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) is also called the Chinese Pheasant. It it a game bird from western China.
The male Golden Pheasant has a golden-yellow crest with red at the tip. Its face, throat, chin, and the sides of its neck are rust-brown. Its wattles are yellow, and its cape is light orange. Its back and rump are golden-yellow. It has patches of blue and dark red. The male’s tail plumage is black spotted with cinnamon. The male also has a scarlet chest.
The female is not as coloured, appearing dark mottled brown. The female’s chest is light-brown and dark-brown. Both males and females have yellow legs and yellow beaks. Both males and females have bright yellow eyes.
It grows to about 90-105 centimetres (35-41 inches).
The Golden Pheasant feeds on fruit, grain, leaves, and insects.
It can fly, but it prefers to run and to spend most of its time on the ground.
The female Golden Pheasant lays 8-12 eggs, which hatch after 22–23 days.
[Location of photographs: Adelaide Zoo, Australia; Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia; Tashkent Zoo, Uzbekistan; and Dushanbe Zoo, Tajikistan]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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