Classification and Distribution - Elliot's Pheasant
Species: S. ellioti
Discreetly present in captivity, in the wild it is found in the mountains of south-eastern China, around 2000 meters above sea level.
It owes its name to its discoverer, the scholar Daniel Elliot.
The male reaches 80 cm in length; it has a scarlet facial mask, black throat, the neck is white as well as the belly, the body has a reddish-brown color, the tip of the wings as well as the tail are white streaked with red / brown; the female is instead brown with a black throat; they reach full plumage and sexual maturity in the first year of life.
Male Elliot pheasant (photo http://www.backyardchickens.com)
Behavior: shy and reserved, even after years of breeding, he shows he does not trust the breeder, who comes to attack during the mating period during which he is very brutal with the females who he comes to kill if they do not prove receptive to mating. It is a very rustic and resistant pheasant but in its aviary stagnations and muddy areas must be avoided as it can easily contract pathologies to the legs; its feeding can also be made up of only grains integrated with fruit and vegetables as long as it is housed in an aviary where it can scratch.
Reproduction: mid-March / June.
Hatching: 25 days.
Number of eggs: 18 26.
Cohabitation: polygamy (1mx2 3f).
Female Elliot pheasant (photo http://orientalbirdimages.org)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco