Lady Amherst’s Pheasant Fact Sheet

Class:
Aves
Order:
Galliformes
Family:
Phasianidae
Genus:
Chrysolophus
Species:
amherstiae
Lifespan:
6 – 10 years in wild
15 years under human care
Size:
 3 – 4 ft long
Weight:
1.5 – 2 lb
Reproduction:
Females lay about 5 to 12 eggs around May but dependent on climate
Incubation period is about 22 days
Range:
Southwestern China and northern Burma
Habitat:
Forested areas and bamboo thickets
Diet:
Seeds, berries, roots
Description:
The male is very colorful with an extremely long black and white tail, greenish back, red and yellow rump and black-and-white neck ruff. Females are drab for camouflage.

 

Fun Facts:

  • The bird is named after Sarah Countess Amherst, wife of Sir William Pitt Amherst, Governor of Bengal. The Governor was responsible for sending the first specimen of the bird to London in 1828.

  • They are predominantly ground dwelling birds, preferring to run rather than fly.

 

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Photo by DickDaniels (http://carolinabirds.org/) [CC BY-SA 3.0  (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons. Photo has been cropped.