Classification and Distribution - Mongolian Pheasant
Species: P. colchicus mongolicus
The Mongolian pheasant (Phasianus colchicus mongolicus), widespread in captivity, is endemic to Mongolia where it prefers wooded places. compared to the other pheasants of the genus Phasianus, it is certainly the one of larger size.
The male has a bright green head with purple reflections, a mask of scarlet naked skin around the yellow eyes and barely visible ear tufts, except in the mating period, a large collar of white feathers around the neck that stops under the throat, red plumage coppery mottled with black and yellow, the wing coverts are whitish, red rump, the tail is golden yellow with black stripes on the upper part, dark red below.
The female is brown-ocher dotted with black.
Male and female Mongolian pheasant Phasianus colchicus mongolicus
(photo Siro Serena, Felice pheasant)
Behavior: wild, in captivity it becomes very domestic.
Reproduction: March / May.
Hatching: 24 days.
Number of eggs: 18/24.
Cohabitation: polygamy (1m-5 7f).
Mongolian pheasant, male (photo Jan Harteman http://www.gbwf.org)
Thanks to Pasquale DAncicco