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GOLDEN PHEASANT

Chrysolophus pictus                        

Family: Phasianidae

Origin: China (mountain areas)

Lifespan: 8 to 10 years

Reproduction: The female (hen) lays 5 to 12 eggs, the incubation lasts 22 days, the offspring are called golden chicks.

Nutrition diet: Omnivore (plants, seeds, insects…)

Description: Only the male has golden feathers, females have a less colourful coat for brooding. Males don’t take care of the eggs during the incubation period nor do they help raise the chicks. Pheasants squawk, shriek and screech.