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Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

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Continent: Asia
Habitat: Dense forest
Weight and Length: 0.7kg, 1m

Diet: Omnivore (eats plants and meat)
Incubation: 23 days
Number of Young: 6

Conservation Status: LC


  • Are able to hide extremely well despite the male’s bright colours.
  • Prefer to run rather than fly.
  • Males raise their “capes” to display.
  • Is closely related to the golden pheasant.

Lady Amherst's Pheasant

Chrysolophus amherstiae

Animals — Aves (birds) — Galliformes (chickens & relatives) — Phasianidae (pheasants & relatives)

Lady Amherst’s pheasant are a striking species of bird. The male is multi coloured with a very long white and black banded tail, and black-laced white feathers on the neck. Males’ body feathers are white, blue, red and yellow, and their long neck feathers can be stood up as a “cape”. Females are mostly brown, but also have attractive black striping and long tails.

This species is very elusive, as though they are colourful and patterned, they live in dense forest where they can easily hide. This means that not much is known about them in the wild. However, like most pheasants they are known to spend the majority of their time on the forest floor (flying away from predators only when they can’t run), only spending time in trees when they roost at night.

They are classified as Least Concern (LC) as they are still common. They also have a feral population in England.

Habitat: Dense forest

Vital Statistics:
–Average weight: 0.7kg
–Average length: 1m

Life Expectancy:
In the wild up to: 10 years
In captivity up to: 15 years

Diet: They are omnivores and so eat plants and meat. They mainly eat grain, leaves and insects.

Distribution: Mountains of Burma, China, Myanmar and Tibet