Golden Pheasant

Our Golden Pheasant, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the Golden Pheasant (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Golden Pheasant Facts
Golden Pheasant
Chrysolophus pictus

Type
Bird

Life Span
Wild:5-6 years
Captivity:15 years

Size
Females:26 inches
Males:44 inches

Average Weight
1.4 lbs

Group Name
Nye

Group Size
1-2

Name of Young
Chick

Our Golden Pheasant, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • Only male golden pheasants have bright showy plumage and a distinctive crest of golden feathers. Females are rather drab in appearance. However, their dull coloration provides camouflage.
  • These pheasants spend much of their time on the ground foraging for plant matter and insects. They rarely fly, but will roost in trees at night.
  • They are easily kept in captivity and can live with other birds. There are a number of color mutations among domestic golden pheasants including yellow, peach, salmon, mahogany, and silver.
  • Golden pheasants are often found in zoos and aviaries. However, many are hybrids that have been crossed with Lady Amherst’s pheasants at some point in their lineage.
  • Pheasants are not native to North America. It is believed this species was the first pheasant introduced here as an ornamental bird.

Did You Know?

Golden pheasants tend to hide in the shadows of their forest habitat. This is believed to help preserve their feathers’ bright colors. Their plumage may fade if they spend too much time in sunlight.