Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Near Threatened

Mikado Pheasant (Syrmaticus mikado)


French: Faisan mikado German: Mikadofasan Spanish: Faisán mikado

Calophasis mikado


, 1906,

Mount Arizan, central Taiwan




Mountains of C Taiwan.

Descriptive notes

Male c. 87·5 cm (tail 49–53 cm), c. 1300 g; female c. 53 cm (tail 17–22·5 cm), c. 1015 g. Unlikely to be confused with either of the other pheasants... read more


Generally considered to be rather quiet. Territorial song a series of repeated, high-pitched,... read more


Forest with dense undergrowth of rhododendron and bamboo between 1600 m and 3300 m; also found in... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


Few reliable data. Season uncertain but laying probably occurs from late Mar to mid Jul. Mating pattern unknown; males usually observed... read more


No information available, but female appears to occupy much larger home range than male and home... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Mace Lande: safe. CITES I. Yushan National Park (640 km²) alone recently estimated to hold c. 10,000... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Mikado Pheasant (Syrmaticus mikado). 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).