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Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-10-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO-80, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/320 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-11-24 1:58
Viewed: 3394
Points: 48
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Thankyou all for your comments and critiques yesterday :)

This was also taken at the Butterfly House and Bird-Of-Prey Centre in Sheffield.
I find it's plumage stunning.

I hope you like it.

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 are golden-yellow in colour. The tertiaries are blue whereas the scapulars are dark red. Another characteristic of the male plumage is the central tail feathers which are 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. Males also have 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 of their behaviour in the wild.

They feed on the ground on grain, leaves and invertebrates, but roost in trees at night. Whilst they can fly, they prefer to run: but if startled they can suddenly burst upwards at great speed, 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 that have the similar Lady Amherst's Pheasant in their lineage. The birds illustrated herein are typical. For example, one picture below shows subtle signs of a hybrid in the dark face, and in the yellow extending into what should be a pure dark red flank (where in the Amherst, the white flank would meet the green breast feathers in this area).

There are also different mutations of the Golden Pheasant known from birds in captivity, including the Dark-throated, Yellow, Cinnamon, Salmon, and Snowflake.


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Hola Joe
Bonito retrato le hiciste, buena composición con gran nitidez y colores muy bellos, muy completa la nota. Saludos
José Ramón

Hello Joe,
Ahhh... this is a colourful fellow, stands out well in the thumbnail page!
Great details in the plumage, pleasant portrait qualities...
A well composed presentation, the tight framing works well!
Pabl o-

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  • Maite Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 998 W: 65 N: 1270] (5199)
  • [2007-11-24 2:24]

AMAZING! What a wonderful portrait of this beautiful bird! Those colors are astonishing. Excellent sharpness and great framing. Very good note too.
Congratulations and TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-24 2:48]

Hello Joe, you have done a fine portrait of that spectacular bird, the composition, sharpness and exposure are great ! Well done !


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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-24 3:02]

Hello Joe,
Very nice shot.Colors,lighting,sharpness and framing are excellent.Well done.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-24 3:55]

Hello Joey,
This stunned portrait looks very much like a painting. This species plummage and your capture of it is amazing. Thanks for sharing Joey.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2007-11-24 5:07]

it's a festival of colours in a black ground and perfect pic under all corners of view,excellent notes,have a nice day,Luciano

Fabulous close-up! Wonderful wonderful shot! Great vivid color. Your work is just awesome!

wow Joey..I still say you do so well with fill flash and close in shots. Now e have the psychedelic coloured pictures to prove it! Great job...and someone in toyland should get a notion to design a coloured toy for Xmas from this...bu made in some other place that does not paint with lead....but I digress....

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-11-24 7:35]

Hi Joe.- Very nice and colorful bird You have here. Exelent sharpness and well focus in this "Faisan" I like his eyes. TFS
Your friend Luis52.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2007-11-24 7:44]

Hello Joe,
Fantastic use of flash. The colours are amazing. It's like a painting. Excellent details. Very good composition and black BG.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-11-24 7:48]

Hello Joey, stunning shot with a wow factor. The Golden Pheasant has outstanding and vivid colours, good light and nice and sharp. The close up is good as the markings on the head deserve and arena of their own.
Great work.

Hi Joe,
This is a beautiful portrait of one of my favourite birds.
If I ever get another lifestyle block I'd like to keep these.
Their gold plumage is just awesome and you've captured it well here.

Hi Joe,
A beautiful captured portrait of this pheasant. Lovely composition and details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Joe,
this bird looks like made of porcelain - wow, marvelous shot with brilliant colours, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Joe, splendid portrait with amazing colors, great details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-24 23:15]

Hi Joe

Great colours and detail here Joe. Great POV too.

There are quite a few Golden and Lady Amhert's living wild in the SE parts of the UK.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2007-11-25 1:50]

Hi Joe

Wow spectacular colours brought out by the flash. Lovely tight framing and spot on sharpness



p.s. I'm not posting until I have caught up with everyones photos, time seems to have escaped me lately.

Bold vivid color that looks even more dramatic set against the black BG Joe.
Great detail, POV, and comp in your profile portrait :)
Well done!

Hi Joe,

a nice image of the golden pheasant, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-11-26 1:15]

Hello Joe,
Wow, he looks as if he's on fire!! Excellent profile shot with clear details and stunning colours that stand out against the black.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-11-26 6:10]

Hi Joe.
This charming bird is very difficult subject for shooting at least for me. I tried to shoot it in our zoo and got bad result. You have created a really amazing shot with outstanding colour and details reproduction. Portrait composition is great. Bravo.

Hello Joe
....is true or painted!!!!!!!!!!
colorfull for this beautiful portrait
the feathers are very attractive...
well done

have a nice day sERGIO

Hello Joe,
Thanks for your comments...
This shot is SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE!!! What vivid colours!!!!!!!!!!!! Dark BG makes GREAT EFFECT on these colours...
Excellent sharpness and focus. A GREAT SHOT!
Best regards,


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