Nov 20, 2017

The ‘Red Golden’ Pheasant is Majestic AF

 

The red golden pheasant or Chinese pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) is a gamebird of the order Galliformes and the family Phasianidae (pheasants). The genus name is from Ancient Greek khrusolophos, “with golden crest”, and pictus is Latin for “painted” from pingere, “to paint”. [source]

It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China, but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the Falkland Islands, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. [source]

The adult male is 90–105 cm (35–41 in) in length, its tail accounting for two-thirds of the total length. 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 about their behaviour in the wild. [source]

 

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