Golden Pheasant – Карельский зоопарк

Golden Pheasant

Class: Birds

Order: Galliformes

Family: Phasianidae

Weight: 550-870 g

Height: About 20 cm

Body length: 85 cm

Color: Male plumage: golden glossy with orange, black, dark blue, and dark gray. Female plumage: light gray with brown streaks.

Age of sexual maturity: 1-2 years

Gestation period: 22-23 days

Lifespan: Up to 15 years

Habitat: Golden pheasants inhabit mountainous areas in central China at altitudes up to 2000 meters above sea level, in the mountain forests of southeastern Tibet and northern Assam. They avoid forested, swampy, and open areas.

Diet: They mainly feed on leaves and shoots of various shrubs, as well as bamboo. They also eat rhododendron flowers and often peck at small beetles and spiders for variety.

Did you know?

  • The golden pheasant is also known as the rainbow pheasant.
  • Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause the golden pheasant to lose its bright coloration.
  • In its native China, the golden pheasant is considered a symbol of luck and prosperity.
  • When sensing danger, the female golden pheasant crouches and remains motionless, using camouflage to avoid predators.