Geographical Range Central and southern China
Habitat Bushy slopes, woodlands, terraced fields
Scientific Name Chrysolophus pictus
Conservation Status Common

Though large and colorful, these are secretive birds that creep through the forests of central China. Golden pheasants feed primarily on tender bamboo shoots, as well as on insects and flowers. The bright plumage of the male pheasant plays an important role in attracting the duller-colored female. During his elaborate courtship display, the male spreads his neck feathers over his head and beak like a cape. Males sometimes fight each other for the attention of a female, slashing at each other with their sharp heel spurs. These fights, however, rarely result in injury.

Did You Know?

There are no pheasant species native to North America. The ring-necked pheasants that make their home here were introduced from Asia for sport.