The Silver Pheasant (Lophura nycthemera) is a large game bird.
The Silver Pheasant has a bare red face and red legs. The male is black and white, with white upperparts and a white tail with some black markings. He has glossy blue-black underparts. His crest is blue-black. The female is mainly brown with grey upperparts, with a tail that has a lot of black markings. She has whitish underparts. The female has a shorter tail than the male.
It measures 120-125 centimetres (47-49 in ches) tall. Its tail is about 75 centimetres (30 inches) long.
The Silver Pheasant is native to south-east Asia, and eastern and southern China. It prefers mountain forests.
[Location of photographs: Tbilisi Zoo, Georgia and Tashkent Zoo, Uzbekistan]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM