Silver Pheasant

Lophura nycthemera

Species Information

The two silver pheasants can be found in an aviary with the black crowned cranes, at the top of the park!

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Silver pheasants are natively found in forests within mountain ranges in Southeast Asia.

They have excellent vision and heighten auditory senses which is beneficial when detecting predators, especially when they have such conspicuous plumage. If detected by a predator, pheasants are able to run up to speeds of 10mp/h, fly up to 45mp/h, and they can even swim! Males have a bright white and bluish plumage, intended to attract females. Whereas, females are a duller, browner colour, which is primarily to keep them camouflage when incubating eggs.

Herbivores which mainly eat seeds, fruits, and insects. They will also scratch at the floor with their bill and feet, to dig up food.

Up to 20 years.

They are social ground-dwelling birds, usually seen in small flocks.

Silver pheasants are polygamous, meaning males will mate with as many females as possible to maximise their fitness and reproductive output. In the breeding season between February and May, females will lay a clutch of about 6-9 eggs. After around 25 days of incubation, chicks begin to hatch which are precocial and able to feed themselves almost immediately. Even the male chicks have a cryptic brown plumage, keeping them camouflage as they leave the nest.

Least Concern

Much like a dog pants, a silver pheasant will breathe quickly when they begin to overheat to maintain their body temperature!