Lady Pheasant

Chrysolophus amherstiae

Adult males measure between 100-120 cm in length, their tail accounting for 80 cm of the total length. It is unmistakable with its black and white nuchal coat with a red crest. The long tail and croup are gray, red, blue, dark green, white, and yellow. The “cape” can be raised on display. This species is closely related to the golden pheasant. The bill is gray and has bluish-gray legs. The female is much less showy, possessing a more opaque mottled brown plumage. She is very similar to the female golden pheasant but has a darker head.


These are typically terrestrial birds, but they roost in trees at night. Like other birds of the Gallinaceous order, it has low flight capacity, often preferring to run when escaping.



Social life






The egg-laying takes place mainly from March to May. The eggs are laid on the ground and consist of 10 to 12 eggs, which are incubated for 24 to 27 days by the female alone. The young are nidifugous, that is, they leave the nest early, in this case immediately after hatching; they then start feeding on their own, following their mother until they are independent.

Class: Birds

Order: Galliformes

Family: Phasianidae


60-80 cm


1 – 1,5 Kg



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