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Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

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Scientific Name:

Chrysolophus amherstiae


China, Myanmar


Seeds, fruits, grasses, bamboo sprouts and insects.


Habitat:  Wooded hills, bamboo groves

Incubation: 24 days / 6-7 eggs

Social structure: 1 male with 1-2 females

Weight: male up to 5kg, female up to 3kg

Dimensions: 75-100cm

Lifespan: ~17

Estimated population in the wild: unknown / decreasing

Threats: Habitat loss and fragmentation, hunting for its meat

IUCN Status: Least concern

Did you know that:

They are named after Sarah Countess Amherst, wife of Sir William Pitt Amherst, Governor of Bengal. The Governor was responsible for sending the first specimen of the bird to London in 1828.

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