Scientific classification - Chrysolophus spp.
This genus includes 2 species, the golden pheasant and Lady Amherst's pheasant; they are also called cape pheasants because of the fan of feathers that males have around their necks. The species belonging to the Chrysolophus genus are native to Asia.
They are very docile pheasants in captivity, they quickly get used to the presence of the breeder and their breeding is quite simple, as they are frugal from the food point of view and are not particularly affected by climatic conditions, in the aviary, however, watery stagnations and muddy areas must be avoided, in how easily they contract gastrointestinal pathologies; they are small birds with very marked sexual dimorphism: the males are very colorful and have long colorful tails while the females have modest colors; their song more than that of a phasianid resembles a chirping.
Golden brown pheasant Chrysolophus pictus obscurus (photo www.faisanesdelmundo.com)
Male golden pheasant Chrysolophus pictus (photo http://orientalbirdimages.org)
Pheasant male of Lady Amherst Chrysolophus amherstiae (photo Giampiero B.)