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Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-11-26
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-08-01 1:35
Viewed: 1404
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Golden Pheasant or "Chinese Pheasant", (Chrysolophus pictus) is a gamebird of the order Galliformes (gallinaceous birds) and the family Phasianidae. It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China, but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

The adult male is 90–105 cm in length, its tail accounting for two-thirds of the total length. It is unmistakable with its golden crest and 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.
Males have a golden-yellow crest with a hint of red at the tip. The face, throat, chin, and the sides of neck are rusty tan. The wattles and orbital skin are both yellow in colour, and the ruff or cape is light orange. The upper back is green and the rest of the back and rump is golden-yellow. The tertiaries are blue whereas the scapulars are dark red. Other characteristics of the male plumage are the central tail feathers, black spotted with cinnamon, as well as the tip of the tail being a cinnamon buff. The upper tail coverts are the same colour as the central tail feathers. The male also has a scarlet breast, and scarlet and light chestnut flanks and underparts. Lower legs and feet are a dull yellow.
The female (hen) is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage similar to that of the female Common Pheasant. She is darker and more slender than the hen of that species, with a proportionately longer tail (half her 60–80 cm length). The female's breast and sides are barred buff and blackish brown, and the abdomen is plain buff. She has a buff face and throat. Some abnormal females may later in their lifetime get some male plumage. Lower legs and feet are a dull yellow.
Both males and females have yellow legs and yellow bills.

Despite the male's showy appearance, these hardy birds are very difficult to see in their natural habitat, which is dense, dark young conifer forests with sparse undergrowth. Consequently, little is known about their behaviour in the wild.
They feed on the ground on grain, leaves and invertebrates, but they roost in trees at night. While they can fly, they prefer to run. If startled, they can suddenly burst upwards at great speed and with a distinctive wing sound.

Although they can fly in short bursts, they are quite clumsy in flight and spend most of their time on the ground. Golden Pheasants lay 8-12 eggs at a time and will then incubate these for around 22–23 days. They tend to eat berries, grubs, seeds and other types of vegetation.

The male has a metallic call in the breeding season.
The Golden Pheasant is commonly found in zoos and aviaries, but often as impure specimens have the similar Lady Amherst's Pheasant in their lineage.

Source: Wikipedia

This photo is taken in bird park Avifauna.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-08-01 1:40]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful portrait. The colors and details are outstanding. I love the oranges against the dark BG.
Regards Sigi

Beautiful portrait of this truly Golden Pheasant native of western China, Peter. I guess you have richly endowed bird parks in your country with exotic birds from all over the world.
Fill flash has created a dark BG that suits your portrait.
Thanks and regards.

hallo Peter
mooie kop van deze goudfazant
kleuren zijn super mooi
gr lou

Ciao Perter, great portrait of beautiful pheasant, fantastic colors, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6475 W: 89 N: 15609] (65297)
  • [2015-08-01 15:40]

Waaw Peter,what a portrait! The specie is beautiful,and your capture is a masterwork! I like the exposure to create this dark background,impressive details and fantastic colors,the best of the best today!! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hi, Peter. A lovely photograph of this beautiful Chinese Pheasant in its golden hues. It was a good idea to keep the background dark in order to bring out the colors and Sheen of the feathers. Thank you for the nice note. Cheers.

Scherp en een schitterend kleurenpallet , Peter

Thanks for sharing.


Hello Peter,
Brilliant capture.....Very nice specie. The exposure is perfect. I like this interesting scene.
Thanks for sharing this beauty!

Hi Peter,
What a fantastic photo! Beautiful composition, appropriate flash usage and shutter speed, many details on the plumage. Excellent contrast as well. I especially love the pheasant's strict look - but the small destructions from the background should have been cloned out in my opinion. Even with this small error, a remarkable image.
Kind regards, László

Hello Peter,
Beautiful species and very charming color. To me it's looked like ancient Egyptian Ruler. Very good details too.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice Sunday,

Hello Peter

WOW ! amazing this exotic pheasant, great portrait,
beautiful light, great focus, sharpness, details, and contrast, TFS


Hello Friend,
VERY Nice shot. Fantastic colours.

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