Fun Fact #21
Today’s blog is about these vibrant birds that are like no other.
Even though they are one of the most popular pheasant species they are kept in captivity because of their beautiful plumage and hardy nature.
Name: Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)
Lifespan: The average lifespan of is
5 - 6 years.
What do they eat: They are vegetarians so they eat berries, grubs, seeds, leaves, tender shoots, some flowers, and other types of vegetation.
Where are they found: These birds are inhabitants of the mountainous forests of western China, parts of western Europe, North America, South America, the Falkland Islands, Australia, and New Zealand.
Colour: Their feathers are gold, orange, yellow, green, blue, and red.
Conservation Status: Least Concern (but their population is decreasing)
Wingspan: Around 70 c.m.
Female Golden Pheasants
-These birds are also called “Chinese pheasants” or “rainbow pheasants”.
-Their scientific name is “Chrysolophus pictus,” that is a Greek word which translates to “with a golden crest,”
-Golden pheasants are monogamous meaning that they only have one mate for life.
-In China, Golden pheasants represent a sign of good luck, power, authority, and prosperity.
-Golden pheasants are clumsy fliers and fly short distances due to their long tails and short wings and they are not suited to longer flights.
- The female is much duller in colour than the male. They are dark and brown with a buff face and throat.
Even though these radiant Golden pheasants are of least concern, their populations is declining in some areas due to deforestation, hunting for food, and capture for trade. We must see to it that we protect and conserve these magnificent creatures.
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From one curious animal lover to another!
Stay tuned for more blog posts! -Kie