Lady Amherst's Pheasant, free pictures with information

Lady Amherst’s Pheasant scientifically known as ‘Chrysolophus amherstiae’  is a very colorful pheasant native to China, Tibet and Myanmar. It is named after the wife of William Pitt Amherst ( Governor general of Bengal province in India, under the British rule ). He introduced this bird for the first time in Britain in the early 18th century. Amherst’s pheasant is listed as least concern in the IUCN red list. In its native state, it can be found in dense forests and bamboo thickets.

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RG148- Lady Amherst's Pheasant Face and eyes

colorful long tail of lady Amherst's Pheasant
RG149-  Lady Amherst's Pheasant colorful Tail 

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RG150- Male and female Pheasants

This beautiful bird can grow up to 120 cm and the tail makes up two-third of this length. The male adult is a showy bird and has a red crest on its head, the color of head is black and silver. The eyes are creamy white with a black pupil. It has a black-metallic green throat. The breast is white and the belly region is pale buff to white. The feathers on its back are of different colors such as black, red, yellow, white, green or blue with black edges. The wings are metallic bluish black. The tail is grey in color with black markings and some of the under side feathers are of red and yellow colors. The color of beak is grey.

Despite being such a colorful bird, it camouflages well in the wild and is difficult to spot by its predators. The female on the other hand is comparatively smaller and less showy. It has a duller mottled red to brown plumage with black markings all over. The underside of the belly region is buff to white. The legs of both sexes are buff to grey in color.

In the wild this bird feeds on seeds, roots, fruits, green vegetation and on some occasions worms and insects, and spend most of the daytime on the ground. However, they roost on trees after sunset. These birds attain maturity by 2 years of age. The breeding season depends on the climate and the female normally lays 8-12 eggs. The incubation period is around 22-25 days.

An interesting thing about these birds is that, though they can fly but they prefer to run in order to protect themselves from predators. Now a days, many breeders hybridize them with golden pheasant.

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