Golden Pheasant Facts
With exotic plumage and an intriguing character, it's no surprise the the Golden pheasant is such a popular choice for modern day ornamental bird buyers. Also known as the Chinese pheasant, this breed originates from the western forests of that country, but is now a much sought after domesticated bird with British aviculture enthusiasts.
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Golden Pheasants: 5 Fascinating Facts
1. There's a substantial difference in the colouration of male and female Golden pheasant. A male Golden pheasant has an abundance of exotic plumage and will be more than happy to show it off, while a female will have relatively muted feathers and personality. Males generally have a yellow tinted crest with a hint of red, while females tend to be a dull brown colour.
2. The tail is one of the most distinctive features of the Golden pheasant. The tail of these pheasants can often account for two thirds of the overall body length of the bird. The average length of Golden pheasants is between 90 and 105cm.
3. In terms of feeding, Golden pheasants will happily forage on the ground for small snacks to eat, and will happily graze on anything from slugs to leaves and grain. However, at night these birds will always leave the ground and look for trees and nests to sleep in, at a safe distance from any lurking predators.
4. If these birds are faced with the threat of predators, they have excellent survival instincts. A Golden pheasant has a surprising capacity for speedy movement if startled, and they can jump upwards in a matter of seconds, although these pheasants aren't the best at continued flying.
5. Finally, a number of mutations have come to light in recent years, and these Golden pheasants can be distinguished by their unusual plumage. Variants of the Golden pheasant include the Dark-throated, the Cinnamon, the Snowflake, the Yellow and the Salmon.
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