Lady Amherst’s Pheasant Fact Sheet

Lady Amherst's Pheasant

Class:

Aves

Order:

Galliformes

Family:

Phasianidae

Genus:

Chrysolophus
Species:

amherstiae

Lifespan:

6-10 years in wild; 15 years under human care

Size:

 3 to 4 ft long

Weight:

1.5-2 pounds 

Reproduction:

Females lay about 5 to 12 eggs around May but dependent on climate; incubation period is about 22 days

Range:

Southwestern China and northern Burma

Habitat:

Forested areas and bamboo thickets

Diet:

Seeds, berries, roots

Description:

The male is very colorful with an extremely long black and white tail, greenish back, red and yellow rump and black-and-white neck ruff. Females are drab for camouflage.

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Facts:

  • The bird is named after Sarah Countess Amherst, wife of Sir William Pitt Amherst, Governor of Bengal. The Governor was responsible for sending the first specimen of the bird to London in 1828.

  • They are predominantly ground dwelling birds, preferring to run rather than fly.