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Lady amethyst pheasant

Lady amethyst pheasant
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Copyright: Biswarup Satpati (Biswarup) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 229 W: 0 N: 724] (6622)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony DSC-HX400V
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pheasant [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-08 3:47
Viewed: 53914
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 30
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Lady Amherst's Pheasant-Male.

The Lady Amherst's Pheasant, Chrysolophus amherstiae is a gamebird of the order Galliformes and the family Phasianidae.

These are native to south western China and Myanmar, but have been introduced elsewhere, and have established a self-supporting, but now declining, feral population in England the stronghold of which is now in Bedfordshire.

The adult male is 100-120 cm in length, its tail accounting for 80 cm of the total length. It is unmistakable with its black and silver head, long grey tail and rump, and red, blue, white and yellow body plumage. The "cape" can be raised in display.

This species is closely related to the Golden Pheasant and the introduced populations in England will interbreed.

The female is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage all over, similar to that of the female Common Pheasant but with finer barring. She is very like the female Golden Pheasant, but has a darker head and cleaner underparts than the hen of that species.

Despite the male's showy appearance, these birds are very difficult to see in their natural habitat, which is dense, dark forests with thick 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.

The male has a gruff call in the breeding season.

The name commemorates Sarah Countess Amherst, wife of William Pitt Amherst, Governor General of Bengal, who was responsible for sending the first specimen of the bird to London in 1828.

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Hello Biswarup
Very nice shot of this intersting bird,
Perfect composition and lighting,


bonjour biswarup
a cause du manque d'espace devant l'oiseau je pense que vous auriez du en faire un portrait,en revanche les couleurs et les details sont magnifiques.bravo.

This is truly the most colourful pheasant in the world, Biswarup. By analogy, it is the most beautiful one too.
You have access to such a variety of exotic birds in Berlin and you are making the best of it. Well done and keep it up.

Hi Biswarup,
This is an amazing bird!
It's almost unreal the gorgeous colors of their plumage, so vivid and variated.
Great POV to get such a good details. It's a very good quality image.
My only nit would be the crop of the tail, it was too large to fit?
Congratulations and thanks for share it with us.
Best reagrds,

Hej Biswarup!
Zachwycajacy ptak!
Cudowne kolory pior, bardzo intensywne.
Dobry POV, pokazane sa szczegoly. Obraz bardzo dobrej jakosci.
Szkoda tylko, ze troche poobcinany.
Gratulacje i dziekuje za podzielenie sie z nami.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

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  • viv Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 292 W: 3 N: 653] (3317)
  • [2007-02-08 10:59]

Hello Biswarup,
Great shot of this for me unknown bird.
Nice colours and sharpness.
According to me a little bit more space in front of the bird should be better.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-02-08 11:41]

What a colorful bird! You have captured him beautifully. Nature is something, isn't it?



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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-02-08 12:09]

Hi Biswarup,

What a colorfull bird,never seen in my life,looks like she is bodypainted by an artist,well captured however I would prefer if the whole bird was visible,



HI Biswarup,
First i though its a bird made up of crystal in garde. havent see this kind of bid and think it does existes here in India. Its very diifiult to beleive eyes. The fethers lok like glass piecs. You have done a commandble job capturing them withot any distortion in colors and texture details. Thanks a lot for sharing


Hi Biswarup,
WOW! That is a very unique and colorful bird. A good exposure has the colors and detail looking amazing. I have never observed one of there in person. Great shot. Thanks for sharing!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2007-02-09 2:47]

What an amazing sight, Biswarup.
The colors are stunning.
Great POV and sharp details.
Perfect light and exposure to bring out the iridescence in the feathers.
TFS. : )

Hello Bisearup,

excllent colorful bird, perfect details very crisp nicly composed and capture photo excllent BG POV DOF well done anf
TFS Kyle

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2008-02-01 16:30]

Hi Biswarup,
This is an incredible coloured bird. It looks almost unreal. Lighting and colours are excellent. Only missing the feet. TFS. Murray.

Have You used photoshop in this picture???
Please!!, This is a fantastic picture for me.
The colors are very good, and good POV.
Best Regards from Argentina.

Hi biswarup,

Really beautiful bird. The colors are superb & you've presented well. Perfect picture.
TFS for this beauty.


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