Golden pheasant


Golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)

Spectacular dances

The golden pheasant leads a loner. Only during mating season the male woos the female with piercing calls and a spectacular dance. With a ruffled crest and spread feather collar, covering beak and neck the male jumps around the female in a circle. Then he suddenly turns around and repeats the spectacle on the other side. During that scenario one can hear a metallic sounding double call which sounds like "chap-chock". During the breeding season he leaves the hen and lets her take care of the chicks on her own. 


Category: Birds

Size: beak to barrel 110cm; wingspan 75cm

Breeding duration: 21-23 days

Age: 8 years

Sexually mature: hen with 1 year; Hahn with 2 years

Reproduction: 5-12 eggs

food: berries, seeds, buds, insects, spiders

habitat: bush and bamboo stands in the mountain region up to 2000m

Danger: not endangered

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