Nepal Kalij Pheasant

Nepal Kalij at Wingham Wildlife Park

Size
This pheasant has a length which can range from 50cm to 73cm while it has a wingspan of no more than 50cm.

Habitat and Distribution
The preferred habitat of this bird are the forests of Nepal. This bird has however also been introduced to Hawaii as a game bird where it has settled very well and has a number of feral breeding groups.

Age
This species is known to live for around 10 to 15 years.

Diet
The majority of this birds diet is made up of seeds however it will also feed on leaves, buds and a small number of insects.

Groups and Breeding
This pheasant lays between 6 and 10 eggs per clutch, which the female will incubate for approximately 25 days, however they have been known to sometimes lay and sucessfully raise 2 clutches of eggs in a single season.

Threats
Through its range this bird is fairly common, preferring to live in areas which are not easily accessible or destroyed for building by people.

Interesting facts
The Nepal Kalij pheasant is very similar in appearance to the White Crested Kalij pheasant and the Horsfields Kalij pheasant, which has often led to inbreeding between the three in captivity, even if this is usually by accident.