Golden Pheasant

Chrysolophus pictus

Habitat and Geographical Distribution: Endemic to the mountainous regions of central China, where they live in forests. Feral populations have been established in Europe, America and Australia.

Diet: Omnivores. Mainly grains, leaves, shrubs or flowers, but also invertebrates.

Reproduction: Oviparous. Lays 8-12 eggs that are incubated for 22-23 days.

Behaviour: Capable of short bursts of flight, but they are rather clumsy flyers and spend most of their time on the ground. These birds may be prone to losing their lavish colour, when exposed to the sun for a long time.

Conservation status: Least Concern (IUCN)


Class: Aves

Order: Galliformes

Family: Phasianidae

Length: 90-105 cm

Lifespan: 20 years

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