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Golden Pheasants

Scientific name:  Chrysolophus pictus
Class:  Birds
,  Asia
,  Europe
Habitat:   Plateaus and forests
Diet:  Omnivorous
Weight:  500 - 900 g
Size:  60 -120 cm

The male is easily recognisable from its golden crest.

They are often very colorful, especially the males who must seduce the females. Among the prettiest species are Swinhoe's Pheasant (purple with mauve and green wings), Lady Amherst's Pheasant (green head, white neck and tail streaked with black), Noble Pheasant (light blue head and tail yellow) and the Golden Pheasant (red body and yellow head streaked with black). Pheasants are native to Asia. They make their nest on the ground, lay 12 eggs and incubate for 23 to 25 days. They eat seeds, grass, fruits, larvae, worms, insects or lizards. They are bred as ornamental birds or for hunting.

Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated


Originally from Asia, the Golden Pheasant was introduced to Britain. As with many birds, the male is much more colourful than the female because he has to seduce her, whereas she prefers to remain discreet and incubate her eggs out of sight.