Classification and distribution - Prelate pheasant
Species: L. diardi
Beautiful pheasant, quite widespread in captivity, also called "Siamese pheasant" because of its origin, the forests of Siam, but it is also endemic to Thailand and Vietnam.
The male has a long tuft on the head formed by twenty black feathers, the neck, the wings and the upper part of the back and the chest have various shades of gray, in the center of the back it has a yellow spot, the rump is black with red highlights, while the tail and the lower part of the chest are black with green highlights; the face is black with the mask of red bare skin; also the female has a tuft on the head which is however less extended than that of the male and brown in color; it has a brownish plumage with white and black striped wings and tail and a red face; both sexes have pale yellow beak and reddish legs and complete the plumage already in the first year, but reach sexual maturity in the third year of life. Pulse self-sexing is possible from the earliest days, as males have darker tail feathers.
Prelate Pheasant Male (photo www.backyardchickens.com)
Bird with a proud and combative character, it is often aggressive both with the female and with the men, especially in the mating period; it is a pheasant that particularly suffers from low temperatures.
Reproduction: April / June
Hatching: 25 days
Number of eggs: 18 26
Prelate Pheasant female (photo www.faisanesdelmundo.com)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco