Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

Chrysolophus amherstiae

Lady Amherst pheasant (top= male, bottom= female)

Common Name: Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

Scientific Name: Chrysolophus amherstiae

Distribution:
It is a  native to South-western China and Myanmar. Although, it has been introduced to many countries.

Description:
The male bird is unmistakable with stunning appearance. They have a shiny silver and black head with red crest. The upper abdomen and nape is rich copper-coloured. The wing is shiny blue. The rest of the body is white. The 80cm long tail is grey with black stripes and unusual small spots. There are several orange, yellow and red feathers hanging from both sides of the tail. The feet are white and so is the bill. The females are dull with brown plumage.

Habit:
This beautiful species of pheasant is a weak flier and prefers walking and running. It feeds on grains.

Importance:
This pheasant has no value as a game-bird and has been released purely for its ornamental value.

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