Golden Pheasant Fact Sheet

Class:
Aves
Order:
Galliformes
Family:
Phasianidae
Genus:
Chrysolophus
Species:
pictus
Lifespan:
5 – 6 years
15 – 20 years under human care
Size:
Males: 46 in.
Females: 24 in.
Weight:
1.2 lb
Reproduction:
8 – 12 eggs, incubation period is about 22 – 23 days 
Range:
Live in central and southern China 
Habitat:
Found on bushy slopes, rocky mountainsides and terraced fields where there are dense conifer forests and sparse undergrowth.
Diet:
As omnivores, they eat tender bamboo shoots, insects, berries, grubs, seeds and flowers
Description:
Males are brightly colored with a red chest, a golden-yellow crest and a long tail. Such festive coloring contributes to the courtship displays. Females are brown, beige and black.

 

Fun Facts:

  • In China people think of Golden Pheasant as a sign of good luck, best fate and prosperity.

  • Although they can fly in short bursts, they are quite clumsy in flight and spend most of their time on the ground.

 

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