Golden Pheasant Natural History
The length of these birds varies between 90cm and 105cm.
Habitat and Distribution
This bird is endemic to the mountainous forests of western China, however when it was introduced to a number of areas of Europe and the USA small feral populations started to breed in those countries. Some of the most successful of these populations are in the United Kingdom where they share their small ranges with a vast number of pheasant species.
These birds can live for 15 to 25 years.
The diet of these birds is made up of leaves, seeds and a mixture of small insects.
Groups and Breeding
These pheasants will lay clutches of 8 to 12 eggs which will take around 22 to 23 days to incubate.
Throughout much of its original range it is a fairly common bird which has few threats from human interaction. Its main threat comes from predation, with males in particular having given up safety from predators for beauty to impress females.
Even though this bird is perfectly able to fly and will use this ability to allow them to roost in trees, they will prefer to run instead of flying, even when threatened.
The Golden Pheasant During Your Day Out in Kent
Our golden pheasant can be seen in an enclosure just outside of the tropical house. This area is also home to kookaburras, galah cockatoos and silver pheasant.