Silver Pheasant

Silver Pheasant at Wingham Wildlife Park

This fairly large bird can reach a length of around 125cm on average.

Habitat and Distribution
This pheasant inhabits mountainous forests throughout China, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

This bird reaches ages of between 15 to 20 years on average.

This pheasant feeds on a variety of foods including buds, leaves, seeds and a small number of insects. It is also however much more partial to feeding on fruits than most other pheasant species.

Groups and Breeding
Female pheasants will lay 6 to 15 eggs which they will incubate for 26 to 27 days.

On the whole this species suffers few threats due partly to its very large range and secondly because it prefers mountainous habitats which are less likely to be built upon by humans. However there are a couple of its subspecies which are starting to decrease slowly due to habitat destruction.

Interesting facts
For a male to reach its full adult plumage takes at least 2 years.