Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Lady Amherst's Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae)


French: Faisan de Lady Amherst German: Diamantfasan Spanish: Faisán de Lady Amherst

Phasianus Amherstiae


, 1829,

mountains of Cochinchina; error = Yunnan, in south China


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


NE Myanmar, extreme SE Tibet and from W Sichuan S to Yunnan and W Guizhou (S China).

Introduced very locally to British Is.

Descriptive notes

Male 130–173 cm (tail 83–115 cm), 675–850 g; female 66–68 cm (tail 28–37 cm), 624–804 g; wingspan 70–85 cm. Male unmistakable,... read more


Similar to that of C. pictus; male gives loud, strident calls during breeding season,... read more


Inhabits wooded hills and bamboo, dense shrub patches and thickets; occurs principally between 2100... read more

Food and feeding

Two crops contained many earwigs of various species, spiders, small beetles and fern fronds; also bamboo sprouts, which appear to be a... read more


Data from C Yunnan (S China). Lays from mid Apr; males territorial in evergreen coniferous and secondary pine (Pinus armandi)... read more


Probably performs substantial altitudinal movements, given high altitudes at which occurs in summer... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Formerly considered Near Threatened. Based on intensive fieldwork in China and surveys elsewhere, total population... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Lady Amherst's Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae). 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 10 December 2019).