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Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant

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Scientific Name:

Chrysolophus pictus


C & S China.


Omnivore. Leaves, tender shoots of shrubs, leaves and shoots of bamboo, rhododendron flowers, spiders, insects.


Habitat: Mountains and valleys with shrubs and bamboo.

Incubation: 22-23 days / 6-8 eggs

Social structure: pairs or small groups

Weight: male 875g max, female 700g max

Dimensions: male 115cm max, female 70cm max

Lifespan:  5-6 

Estimated population in the wild: Fairly common

Threats:  Τimber extraction, capture for the cagebird trade and over-hunting for food

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Did you know that:

  1. Although they can fly in short bursts, they are quite clumsy in flight and spend most of their time on the ground.
  2. In China Golden Pheasants are considered as a sign of good luck, best fate and prosperity.

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