Despite the male's showy appearance, these hardy birds are very difficult to see in their natural habitat, which is dense, dark young conifer forests with sparse undergrowth.
Although they can fly in short bursts, they are quite clumsy in flight and spend most of their time on the ground. Golden pheasants lay 8-12 eggs at a time and will then incubate these for around 22–23 days.
DID YOU KNOW? Pheasants are not known for their flying skills. They are primarily terrestrial birds, spending most of their time on the forest floors of Asia, though they are capable of short, fast bursts of flight.
- Least Concern
- Near Threatened
- Critically Endangered
- Extinct in the Wild