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Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)


Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)
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Copyright: akbar ali asif (AKBAR-ALI-ASIF) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 148 W: 0 N: 478] (2927)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-02-13
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-17 20:46
Viewed: 1325
Points: 10
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I am presenting a portrait of this beautiful Male Golden Pheasant. I do have the complete image but details are lost in a max 300 kb image. I am sure that this bird is one of the most colorful birds on Earth. Wikipedia has following details:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Phasianinae
Genus: Chrysolophus
Species: C. pictus

he 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. In England they may be found in East Anglia in the dense forest landscape of the Breckland.

The adult male is 90105 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 6080 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 2223 days. They tend to eat berries, grubs, seeds and other types of vegetation.

Thanks for your time,
Best Regards....AKBAR

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Hi Akbar,
Great shot. I have never seen such beautiful image of Golden Pheasant.

Biswarup

FANTASTIC IMAGE even in 300kb.........

Hello Akbar,
It seems,she is ready to go to a party.Well decorated herself!Beautiful coloured.I think you didn't get good angle.Ya?But nice to see a new species,which I haven't seen before.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,
Srikumar

Salam Akbar

Really beautiful shot and thank u for sharing

Regards

Hadi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-02-18 11:22]

Hi Akbar,a fantastic pic for a fantastic specie.This pheasant is truly beautiful,what a plumage and what a colors,a great capture in a top quality close up,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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