Classification and Distribution - Lady Amherst's Pheasant
Species: C. amherstiae
Rather common in captivity, in the wild it originates from the mountains of eastern China, Tibet and the far north of Burma; it lives in the woods and hills covered with shrubs and bamboo, between 2000 and 3000 meters high.
The male is about 100-120 cm long even if only 80 are formed by the tail; on the head it has a scarlet forelock and a black and white staggered striped cape. The sides of the face, composed of bare skin are light gray, from the chin to the throat it is metallic green, the belly is white instead. On the back and wings it is green with blue tints, the rump is yellow and the scarlet overtail. The female is about 70 cm long, has a brown-ocher coat with reddish shades; young specimens have a coloring similar to adult females. The male reaches sexual maturity in the first year of life, but completes the plumage during the second year.
Pheasant male of Lady Amherst Chrysolophus amherstiae (photo Giampiero B.)
Shy in nature, he allows himself to be domesticated quite easily in captivity, without however renouncing his wild and elusive nature.
Reproduction: April / June;
Hatching: 23 days;
Number of eggs: 20 25;
Cohabitation - polygamy (1mx2 4f).
Pair of Lady Amherst pheasants Chrysolophus amherstiae (photo Matt Tuttle www.gbwf.org)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco