Classification and Distribution - Mikado Pheasant
Species: S. mikado
Pheasant not widespread both in nature and in captivity, it is endemic to the high mountain forests of Taiwan; its name commemorates an emperor of Japan.
Corpulent-looking birds, males reach 70 cm in length, have a black-bluish background color interrupted by white stripes on wings and tail; the females reach 50 cm in length, have a brownish speckled color with white and a clearer facial mask than the scarlet one of the males; they reach full plumage in the first year of life, while sexual maturity in the second.
Pair of Mikado pheasants Syrmaticus mikado
Behavior: both in nature and in captivity it proves to be among the pheasants who first gets used to the presence of men; however, it is a species with a difficult character with aggressive males (both with females and with people) and jealous females among them, for which it is often difficult to form groups. Very resistant as regards the climate, on the other hand, he suffers from humidity and in his aviary there must be no puddles and mud that can easily make him contract pathologies; the diet is frugal, but must be rich in vegetables and fruit, accompanied by grains and or a mixture for pheasants.
Reproduction: April / June.
Hatching: 27 days.
Number of eggs: 18 26.
Cohabitation: polygamy (1mx2 3f).
Mikado pheasant Syrmaticus mikado (photo http://www.birdingintaiwan.org)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco