Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

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

Where to find the Lady Amherst's Pheasant (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
Lady Amherst's Pheasant Facts
Lady Amherst’s Pheasant
Chrysolophus amherstiae

Life Span
7-12 years
Females:30 inches
Males:50-60 inches
Average Weight
1.5 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

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

  • Males of this species are larger and more ornate then the females. A male’s tail accounts for about 30 inches of its total length. Female Lady Amherst’s pheasants are smaller and mottle brown in color.
  • Lady Amherst’s pheasants are named after Lady Sarah Amherst. She was the wife of the Governor General of Bengal, and she was responsible for introducing them to London.
  • Lady Amherst’s pheasants are slightly larger than golden pheasants. The two species are closely related and can interbreed and produce fertile offspring.
  • These birds have elaborate mating rituals. Males will dance and spread the ruff of feathers on their heads. Females select the strongest and most brightly colored males.

Did You Know?

Lady Amherst’s Pheasants are capable of flying, but prefer to spend much of their time on the ground. However, they are swift runners. They use their feathers for communication and courtship displays.