- Are clumsy fliers, preferring to spend time on the ground.
- Roosts in trees at night.
- Very shy, and will hide in dark forest.
- Chicks are able to get their own food from hatching.
Animals — Aves (birds) — Galliformes (chickens & relatives) — Phasianidae (pheasants & relatives)
Golden pheasants are true to their names. Males are a very striking gold colour, with red undersides, a flash of blue on the wings and a brown mottled tail. The gold neck feathers are lined with black. The females are mottled brown and black with yellow-brown heads and grey legs.
Little is known about this species in the wild as surprisingly, they blend into the background of their home of dense conifer (evergreen) forests. It is known that they prefer to eat grain, leaves and invertebrates, and that they roost in trees at night. During the day, they spend most of their time on the ground. In fact, this bird was brought to Britain for hunting, but quickly became unpopular as it rarely takes flight when alarmed.
They are classified as Least Concern (LC) as they are still common. They also have feral populations in many countries across the world, however, some of these populations may have Lady Amherst’s pheasant in their lineage, as these two species are closely related and may produce crossbreeds.
Habitat: Dense conifer forest
–Average weight: 0.6kg
–Average length: 0.95m
In the wild up to: 6 years
In captivity up to: 8 years
Diet: They are omnivores and so eat plants and meat. They mainly eat grain, leaves and invertebrates.
Distribution: Mountains of central and south China.