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Golden Pheasant

Chrysolophus pictus (Galliformes - Phasianidae), the Golden Pheasant, one of the most popular of all pheasant species, is native to China. However, feral populations of these gamebirds have established themselves in Florida, USA, United Kingdom and elsewhere.

This is an unmistakable pheasant, with a golden-yellow crest with a hint of red at the tip, a golden rump and bright red body. The deep orange “cape” can be spread in display, appearing as an alternating black and orange fan that covers all of the face except its bright yellow eye,with a pinpoint black pupil.

The males of these species are one of the most brilliantly colored of all birds. about 40 inches (~100 cm) in length, with his tail accounting for two-thirds of the total length.

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Photo credit: ©Greg Nyquist

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