Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)


Reeves's Pheasant (Syrmaticus reevesii)


French: Faisan vénéré German: Königsfasan Spanish: Faisán venerado

Phasianus Reevesii

J. E. Gray

, 1829,





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.

Introduced to several areas, e.g. Britain (possibly extinct), France, Germany, Austria and Hawaii, but most of these populations probably not self-sustaining; well established in Czech Republic.

Descriptive notes

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

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Reeves's Pheasant (Syrmaticus reevesii). 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 11 December 2019).