Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus

Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
The beautiful, showy Golden Pheasant, the most colourful of the pheasants and one of the most colourful birds, is also called the Chinese Pheasant since it comes from western China.
Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
A forest-dwelling bird, feral flocks of Golden Pheasants have established in several countries, including the UK, from escapees or releases from captivity.
Golden Pheasant hen
Golden Pheasant female
As with other pheasants, the hen (above) is patterned brown and well-camouflaged.
Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
The tail of the male is about twice the length of his body.
Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
One of the most colourful male pheasants
Dark-throated Red Golden Pheasant
Dark-throated Red Golden Pheasant
Golden Pheasant
Several colour mutations and hybrids have been bred in aviculture where the natural bird is called the Red Golden Pheasant to distinguish from mutated plumages. Hybrids with the related Lady Amherst Pheasant are common. Above left/centre are Dark-throated Red Golden Pheasants where the head is paler (natural above right) and the face/throat are dark black/green.
Yellow Golden Pheasant
Yellow Golden Pheasant
Yellow Golden Pheasant
Another frequent colour mutation in aviculture is the Yellow Golden Pheasant, Chrysolophus pictus mut. luteus, above. It seems such a shame to destroy such vibrant colours in the original Golden Pheasant.