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Golden Pheasant - male

Scientific name for the pure species: Chrysolophus pictus
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

Also called Chinese Pheasant

The bird in this photo is probably a male mutation which has been commonly termed a Yellow Golden Pheasant, Chrysolophus pictus mut. luteus.

This mutation has been reported to have its origins in Italy when the late Professor Alessandro Ghigi was presented with one male in 1952. Initial breedings were with a normal hen and normal heterozygous chicks were produced. The heterozygous females were then bred back to the mutant male. By the middle of the 1950s, the yellow mutants were breeding true.

The Golden Pheasant is a gamebird native to forests in mountainous areas of western China, but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

They feed on the ground on grain, leaves, berries, grubs, seeds 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.

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Canon EOS 10D ,Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1/125s f/2.8 at 200mm ISO 400 with Flash full exif

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Doug J20-Jul-2009 08:03
Guest - It's probably a Yellow Golden Pheasant, a mutant from inbreeding. Read the overview in the details under this photo for additional information.
Guest 18-Jul-2009 14:23
It looks more like a cross than a pure golden pheasant male... unless they loose the vibrant plumage when it is not mating season. No ruff at all, and none of the high shine...
Robyco20-Jan-2007 21:52
Nice details even at 200mm.
Good on the background that is unclear.