A male being alert and walking.

A male being alert and walking.
Species: Edwards’s Pheasant   Lophura edwardsi
Author: John Corder
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Added to IBC: 7 Apr 2009 - 13:43
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Altitude (m): 
128 meters



Recent research indicates that the Imperial pheasant from Vietnam is a naturally occurring hybrid in the wild between the Edwards’ pheasant and the Berlioz Silver pheasant. Only one bird has been found in the wild in recent times. DNA research seems to indicate the hybrid nature of the Imperial so this Zoo crossed the same two species in captivity to complement the research. The international studbook keeper was involved in this research. As a result, the Imperial pheasant has been removed from the list of critically endangered species by Birdlife and the Pheasant Specialist Group.


John Corder, IBC1170124. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1170124.

Extended version
John Corder, IBC1170124. Video of Edwards’s Pheasant Lophura edwardsi at Clères Zoological Park, France. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1170124.

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