Atlas of Pheasants: Silver pheasant Lophura nycthemera

Atlas of Pheasants: Silver pheasant Lophura nycthemera

Classification and distribution - Silver pheasant

Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Cordati
Subphylum: Vertebrates
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformi
Family: Phasianides
Genus: Lophura
Species: L. nycthemera

Extremely widespread in captivity, it is native to eastern China and Japan.
In nature there are innumerable subspecies of the silver pheasant: the silver pheasant of Yunnan, Hainan, Western, Lao, Fokien, Anderson, Lewis, Bel, Annam, Boloven, Berlioz, Ruby Mines, Shan ; all have in common the only silver colored background of the male.

Distinctive characters

The male is about 110 cm long, 80 of which are tail; on the head it has a black tuft with bluish reflections, a blood-red mask on the cheeks while the body is in the ventral zone black-blue like the tuft while the upper part and the wings are white variegated with black. The female is about 75 80 cm long, has an olive-brown plumage, has silvery feathers in the lower part of the body and at the end of the tail, she also has the tuft and the red mask like the male. Already during the first months the difference of sexes, thanks to the plumage, appears evident. They reach sexual maturity and complete the plumage the second year.

Male of silver pheasant Lophura nycthemera (photo


Behavior: restless and combative bird is however docile with the breeder who however comes to attack during the mating period.
Reproduction: mid-March / late May.
Hatching: 25 days.
Number of eggs: 24 32.
Cohabitation: polygamy (1mx2 3f).

Silver pheasant female Lophura nycthemera (photo

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco

Video: Silver Pheasants In Mysore Zoo (September 2021).