Male Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant

Scientific name: Chrysolophus pictus

Did you know: The Golden Pheasant, often called the Chinese or Rainbow Pheasant, is known for its striking colours and is a favourite among bird enthusiasts and aviculturists alike.

What Do Golden Pheasants Look Like? (How to Identify Them)

The Golden Pheasant is a true spectacle of nature. The male stands out with a golden crest, a bright red body, and a golden-yellow back. 

Not to be missed is the male’s unique display: an orange “cape” that spreads like a fan, framing its yellow eye. 

The female, however, is more subdued in appearance with mottled brown plumage, similar to the female common pheasant but with a shorter tail.

Differences Between Male And Female Golden Pheasants

Males exhibit a resplendent mix of gold, red, and blue, with a striking golden-yellow crest and a red-tipped tail. Females, in contrast, are dressed in a less showy, mottled brown plumage, with a buff face and throat.

What Do Golden Pheasants Eat?

Golden Pheasants are ground foragers, primarily feeding on grains, leaves, and invertebrates. They have a particular fondness for wheat leaves and seeds in the winter.

Where Do Golden Pheasants Live? (Including Migration Info)

Originally from the forests of mountainous western China, Golden Pheasants have found homes worldwide, including the UK. In England, they’re often seen in East Anglia’s dense forests and Tresco in the Isles of Scilly.

Bird Calls & Songs (The Unique Voices of Golden Pheasants)

The male Golden Pheasant is known for its metallic call, particularly during the breeding season. Their typical vocalisation is a distinctive “eh-sheek,” a common trait among pheasants.

Fun Golden Pheasant Facts (Kid Friendly)

  • Golden Pheasants can burst into flight suddenly, but they’re better at running.
  • Females lay 8-12 eggs, incubating them for about 22-23 days.
  • They prefer roosting in trees at night.
  • Despite their brilliant colours, they’re quite adept at hiding from predators.
  • They have a variety of mutations in captivity, including silver and mahogany.
  • These birds are not just beautiful; their feather colouration can indicate their genetic health.

Golden Pheasant Images

Male Golden Pheasant Male
Female Golden Pheasant Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Golden Pheasant

Diet: Leaves and buds, insects and spiders.
Bird Family: Pheasants and partridges
Length: 60-115cm
Wingspan: 65-75cm
Weight: 550-710g
Scientific Name: Chrysolophus pictus

The Golden Pheasant Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December