Atlas of Pheasants: Swinhoe's Pheasant Lophura swinhoii

Atlas of Pheasants: Swinhoe's Pheasant Lophura swinhoii

Classification and Distribution - Swinhoe Pheasant

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

Pheasant discreetly diffused in captivity, in freedom it originates from the forests of Taiwan from 300 to 2000 m of altitude.

Distinctive characters

The male has a white head, part of the neck and tail, has a black-blue plumage; the female, on the other hand, has a speckled brownish tint; both sexes have a scarlet mask which in the male when it is the mating period swells assuming the shape of a star, for the dimensions it does not differ from the silver being its affine. The sexes are distinguishable already at two months when males tend to take on a darker tint. They complete the plumage and reach sexual maturity in the 2nd year.

Swinhoe pheasant Lophura swinhoii (photo Giampiero B.)


Behavior: shy and mimetic in nature, it retains this character even in captivity where it is elusive and fearful, frightening itself easily enough and even after years of breeding it retains fear towards the breeder; on the other hand it proves to be one of the most rustic, resistant and adaptable to various climates among the pheasants of its kind, its feeding is very frugal, especially if kept in an aviary where it has the possibility to scratch and look for insects and invertebrates, a good mixture is enough grain, supplemented with fruit and vegetables.

Reproduction: mid March May.
Hatching: 25 days.
Egg number: 13 22.
Cohabitation: monogamy.

Pair of Swinhoe pheasants Lophura swinhoii (photo Giampiero B.)

Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco

Video: Swinhoes Pheasant Lophura swinhoii (September 2021).