Golden Pheasant Fact Sheet

Class:

Aves

Order:

Galliformes

Family:

Phasianidae

Genus:

Chrysolophus
Species:

pictus

Lifespan:

No data

Size:

Males: 46 in; Females: 24 in

Weight:

No data

Reproduction:

8-12 eggs, incubation period is about 22-23 days 

Range:

Live in central and southern China 

Habitat:

Found on bushy slopes, rocky mountainsides and terraced fields where there are dense conifer forests and sparse undergrowth.

Diet:

As omnivores, they eat tender bamboo shoots, insects, berries, grubs, seeds and flowers

Description:

Males are brightly colored with a red chest, a golden-yellow crest and a long tail. Such festive coloring contributes to the courtship displays. Females are brown, beige and black.

 

Facts:

  • In China people think of Golden Pheasant as a sign of good luck, best fate and prosperity.

  • Although they can fly in short bursts, they are quite clumsy in flight and spend most of their time on the ground.