The world has fifty five species of pheasants, almost all from Asia. One of the great things about these large birds is that the male of each species grows at least four different interesting types of feathers. And half of the males and females grow totally differently colored and patterned feathers. Here are two more reasons why feathers from these birds are great. First, the males use feather size, pattern, form, shape, and color to attract their mates.
The Golden Pheasants or Chinese Pheasants Chrysolophus pictus are native to forests in mountainous areas of western China. However, feral populations of these gamebirds have established themselves in Florida, USA, United Kingdom and elsewhere. In captivity, the wild form of the Golden is often referred to as the Red Golden Pheasant. The males of these species are one of the most brilliantly colored of all birds. Golden Pheasants are commonly found in zoos and private collections, although frequently they have been crossed with the similar Lady Amherst's Pheasants.
Pheasants of Asia. Search this site. From the monals of the Himalayas, to the silver pheasant of Vietnam and southeastern Asia, pheasants come in all shapes, colors, and sizes. Described here are some of the many different species inhabiting Asia and other parts of the world.