Classification and Distribution - Swinhoe Pheasant
Species: L. swinhoii
Pheasant discreetly diffused in captivity, in freedom it originates from the forests of Taiwan from 300 to 2000 m of altitude.
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.
Pair of Swinhoe pheasants Lophura swinhoii (photo Giampiero B.)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco