Reeves Pheasant

Reeves Pheasant at Wingham Wildlife Park

This large pheasant on average reach lengths of 2.1m however as with all pheasants a fairly large proportion of this length is taken up by its ornate tail.

Habitat and Distribution
This bird is endemic to central and eastern China, however in 1831 it was first introduced in to Europe where it now has a range through the Czech Republic, the United Kingdom and France. A few other populations stemming from game introductions also exist on Hawaii and through the USA.

The average lifespan of this bird is thought to range from 15 to 25 years.

This vegetarian bird feeds predominantly on plant matter such as leaves, buds and flowers however also feeds on a large amount of seeds and berries.

Groups and Breeding
This is a fairly solitary animal which can be known to be fairly aggressive towards its own species, other animals and even people. Through April and May however these birds may congregate for breeding which can result in clutches of 7 to 14 eggs being laid by the female, who will then incubate these for 24 to 25 days.

This species is classed as vulnerable because its wild populations are restricted to small populations dotted throughout its range, however it is still bred and released for shooting through its range.

Interesting facts
This bird is in the Guiness book of world records for having the longest natural tail feather found in any bird reaching lengths of up to 2.4m (8 feet).