Edwards Pheasant Natural History
This bird reaches lengths of 58 cm to 67 cm.
Habitat and Distribution
The range of this pheasant is spread across Vietnam where it lives in rain forest areas. However, it’s habitat has been relentlessly destroyed, particularly for logging.
These birds are thought to live for around 10 years.
The main diet of these birds is made up of seeds, berries, buds and leaves however they will also take a very small number of insects in their diet.
Groups and Breeding
This bird lays clutches of 4 to 7 eggs which the female incubates for 24 to 25 days when they will then begin to hatch. They are born a speckled brown colour but females will develop into chestnut colour with a bright red mottle on their face. Males will develop into a deep blue colour with turquoise tinges and also develops a bright red mottle on its face.
This bird is classed as critically endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). This species hasn’t been sighted in the wild since 2000 when a single male was confiscated from a hunter. However, conservation efforts in captivity are keeping captive populations healthy as they take well to captive breeding.
There is a subspecies of this pheasant called the Imperial pheasant which is considered to be a hybrid between the Edwards Pheasant and the Silver Pheasant.
Edwards Pheasant During Your Day Out in Kent
Our Edwards pheasants can be seen in the tropical house. They share this exhibit with many other species such as lorikeets (red winged, goeldis, yellow backed chattering and rainbow), finches, eclectus parrots and mouse birds. Our Edwards pheasants have produced several offspring at the park. When they hatch you may see them scurrying around with both of their parents in the tropical house usually around mid May- June.