French: Faisan vénéré German: Königsfasan Spanish: Faisán venerado
J. E. Gray
N & C China locally through Shaanxi, Henan, Anhui and N Hubei to S Gansu, Sichuan, Yunnan, Guizhou and Hunan; range much reduced and apparently has been extirpated from Shanxi and Hebei.
Male c. 210 cm (tail 100–160 cm, perhaps exceptionally 200 cm in oldest males), mean c. 1529 g; female c. 150 cm (tail 33–45 cm), mean c. 949 g. Male unmistakable... read more
In breeding season males wing-whirr (audible over c. 200 m) and give a series of high-pitched... read more
Inhabits evergreen and deciduous woodland (in some regions especially oak-dominated forests) and... read more
Food and feeding
Legumes, acorns, seeds and buds, tubers, radishes and wild persimmons; some larval and adult insects also taken. In Tuoda Forest, Guizhou,... read more
In Tuoda Forest (China), season from mid Apr to mid Jul, but small young observed as early as end of Apr in Dongzhai National Nature... read more
Believed to be fairly sedentary; in Dongzhai National Nature Reserve, C China, mean annual home... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Mace Lande: Endangered. Was formerly considered to be perhaps the most threatened pheasant in China. However, recent surveys suggest population of 2500–10,... read more
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