The species is native to southwestern China and far northern Myanmar, but has been introduced elsewhere, and has established a self-supporting, but now believed extinct, feral population in England, the stronghold of which was in West Bedfordshire. Lady Amherst first introduced the ornamental pheasant on her estates, near the Duke of Bedford's Woburn Abbey, where they were also shot for game and the introduced populations in England will interbreed. 

The adult male is 40 in. in length, its tail accounting for 360 in. of the total length. It is unmistakable with its nuchal cape white black, with a red crest. The long grey tail and rump is red, blue, dark green, white and yellow plumage. The "cape" can be raised in display. This species is closely related to the golden pheasant, but has a yellow eye, blue-green bare skin around it. The bill is horn-coloured and they had blue-gray legs.

The female is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage all over, similar to that of the female common pheasant but with finer barring. She is very like the female golden pheasant, but has a darker head and cleaner underparts than the hen of that species.

They feed on the ground on grain, leaves and invertebrates, but roost in trees at night.


Available as Male/Female Pairs

They are not pinioned. To request that a wing be clipped, please call 1-800-456-3280.