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Golden Pheasant

Golden Pheasant
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Copyright: Heinz Koloska (wallhalla15) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1767 W: 58 N: 3350] (13829)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ50
Exposure: f/3.6, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-11-04 4:49
Viewed: 5534
Points: 28
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Golden Pheasant

The Golden Pheasant or Chinese Pheasant, (Chrysolophus pictus) is a gamebird of the order Galliformes (gallinaceous birds) and the family Phasianidae. It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

The adult male is 90-105 cm in length, its tail accounting for two-thirds of the total length. It is unmistakable with its golden crest and rump and bright red body. The deep orange "cape" can be spread in display, appearing as an alternating black and orange fan that covers all of the face except its bright yellow eye, with a pinpoint black pupil.

Males have a golden-yellow crest with a hint of red at the tip. The face, throat, chin, and the sides of neck are rusty tan. The wattles and orbital skin are both yellow in colour, and the ruff or cape is light orange. The upper back is green and the rest of the back and rump are golden-yellow in colour. The tertiaries are blue whereas the scapulars are dark red. Another characteristic of the male plumage is the central tail feathers which are black spotted with cinnamon as well as the tip of the tail being a cinnamon buff. The upper tail coverts are the same colour as the central tail feathers. Males also have a scarlet breast, and scarlet and light chestnut flanks and underparts.

The female (hen) is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage similar to that of the female Common Pheasant. She is darker and more slender than the hen of that species, with a proportionately longer tail (half her 60-80 cm length). The female's breast and sides are barred buff and blackish brown, and the abdomen is plain buff. She has a buff face and throat.

Both males and females have yellow legs and yellow bills.

Despite the male's showy appearance, these hardy birds are very difficult to see in their natural habitat, which is dense, dark young conifer forests with sparse undergrowth. Consequently, little is known of their behaviour in the wild.

They feed on the ground on grain, leaves and invertebrates, but roost in trees at night. Whilst they can fly, they prefer to run: but if startled they can suddenly burst upwards at great speed, with a distinctive wing sound.

Although they can fly in short bursts they are quite clumsy in flight and spend most of their time on the ground. Golden Pheasants lay 8-12 eggs at a time and will then incubate these for around 22-23 days. They tend to eat berries, grubs, seeds and other types of vegetation.

The male has a metallic call in the breeding season.

Info from wikipedia.com

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That’s for the opportunity of getting acquainted with beautiful things like this that is rewarding to visit this place/community. I did never heard about this pheasant specimen before.
Great photo in any way you look at. Thank you.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-11-04 6:23]

What a beautiful portrait,excellent details,lovely colours&nice POV.

hi hienz,
nice shot, the colours are so vivid. the dark bg adds to the look of the shot. the bird has eye contat with you. nice composition. well done.

Hi Heinz,
Good image... looks a bit soft..but maybe this can be interpreted as a quality.

Hi Heinz,

This is just great! In thumbnail it looks like a painting, so nice colorful image, sharp and clean....bravo!


Hello Heinz
Very nice shot of bird,
Beautiful colors and focusing,
Perfect lighting.Excellent


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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2006-11-04 8:23]


quelles magnifiques couleurs, c'est éclatant. On dirait Cléopatre, c'est vraiment très beau.


Hello Heinz!
Sorry for asking, but do you get to see these exotic birds in a zoo or a sanctuary in Germany?
Coming to your picture, you have captured this amazingly beautiful bird with great dexterity. The colours and patterns on its wings stand out very sharply against the dark BG.
I am involuntarily led to compare it with the Himalayan Monal pheasant -- another most colourful bird from Asia. (I tried to shoot the single male in an aviary in India but did not succeed in getting a satisfactory result.)
I feel this male of the species, which I have seen for the first time, compares one-to-one with the male Monal. Pam from New Zealand has posted some very impressive images of it in the past.
Thanks for sharing this strikingly beautiful image and bye.

Was ist das das für ein Hühnchen, Heinz?
Wie kann ein einziger Vogel nur so viel Muster und Farben haben??? Was hat sich Mutter Natur da gedacht? Wollte bestimmt uns Fotografen - und denen, die die Bilder betrachten - eine riesige Freude machen, er ist nämlich unglaublich schön, vielen Dank, toller Schuß
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-04 11:55]

Hi Heinz.
You have shared a very nice picture with perfect rich colours and great details. I like your decision concerning composition and framing too. First class portrait of this cute bird. My best regards and TFS.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-04 12:46]

Hello Heinz!

One of best portraits of Pheasant I've ever seen on TN! Perfect pose, composition, amazing colours. This birds remainds me samurai in colorfull armour.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-11-04 15:14]

Just beautiful Heinz. The colours are so unique, nice and sharp, and he posed so well for you.
Well done,

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-11-05 2:16]

Hello Heinz,
You seems to manage very well the FZ50 ! And this wonderful portrait is an good example... This Pheasant is so smart. Superb colors and great contrast against the dark BG.
Congartulations my friend and TFS.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2006-11-06 7:51]

nice color scheme of this bird! tfs

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-11-07 17:28]

wow, blondie schaut heute aber böse.*g* warst du zu nah mit der linse dran?
was für ein tolles portrait, heinz! :-)
wunderschöne farben, einmalige details und eine beeindruckende
federstruktur - besonderes die abwechselnden goldenen und
blauen federn gefallen mir.
terrific job & viele grüße aus köln, thorsten.

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