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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. Queens park Invercargill Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 4th Oct 2010

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My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 4 years ago

    Incredibly beautiful…. great capture here.. i love it. :)))))

  • Thank you for your wonderful comment Cookie

    – AndreaEL

  • Susie Peek
    Susie Peekover 4 years ago

    Lovely capture Andrea ~ great light and detail .. they are fast-moving and hard to get a good shot ~ well done!

  • Thank you Susie, really appreciate your comment

    – AndreaEL

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 4 years ago

    Great colours and very well captured, Andrea.

  • Thank you Olitto

    – AndreaEL

  • vigor
    vigorover 4 years ago

    These colors are amazing, what a gorgeous bird and shot of him!

  • Thank you Viv, really appreciate your comments

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterover 4 years ago

    beautiful and colourful image

  • Thank you Lynn, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksover 4 years ago
    Even more beautiful than your other pheasant Andrea. Well taken !
  • Thank you Roy, much appreciated

    – AndreaEL

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Stunning, excellent work on the image and the information

  • Thank you for your awesome comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Brenda Burnett
    Brenda Burnettover 4 years ago

    So magnificent. A extremely gorgeous photo. Brenda

  • Thank you for your wonderful kind inspiring words Brenda, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • KcranmerArt
    KcranmerArtover 4 years ago

    Love the details of the pheasant…we used to have a pheasant living in our backyard…we nick named him pimp since he had to quails and a litter of babies, lol…amazing colors!!

  • Thank you, you were lucky to have them live so close, they are normally so shy.

    – AndreaEL

  • Ralph de Zilva
    Ralph de Zilvaover 4 years ago

    Awesome colours and so beautiful. Well done Andrea.

  • Thank you Ralph, they are amazing colours

    – AndreaEL

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