Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)


French: Faisan doré German: Goldfasan Spanish: Faisán dorado

Phasianus pictus


, 1758,



Hybrids between this species and C. amherstiae reported in Britain, where both species introduced#R. Monotypic.


C & S China from SE Qinghai and S Gansu E through S Shaanxi to W Henan and W Hubei, and S through Sichuan, NW Yunnan and Guizhou to N Guangxi.

Introduced very locally to England.

Descriptive notes

Male 100–115 cm (tail 63–79 cm), 575–875 g; female 61–70 cm (tail 34–37·5 cm), 350–700 g; wingspan 65–75 cm. Male... read more


Advertising call of male, mainly heard Feb–May, is a strident, far-carrying “ka-cheek... read more


In native range, inhabits mountains and valleys with dense undergrowth of shrubs and bamboo,... read more

Food and feeding

Diet consists primarily of leaves and tender shoots of shrubs, leaves and shoots of bamboo, and rhododendron flowers; also some spiders and... read more


Little known. Believed to start breeding in early Apr; one clutch apparently found in bamboo grove with tall herbs and rocky outcrops.... read more


Seasonal movements were considered to be probably fairly limited, although birds were suspected to... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Population estimated in hundreds of thousands at many sites, but declining, although range has expanded in recent... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 12 December 2019).