Lady Amherst's Pheasant

About the Lady Amherst's Pheasant
Also known as: Chinese Cooper Pheasant, Lady Amhurst's Pheasant
Lady Amherst's Pheasant

The Lady Amherst's Pheasant is a beautiful, wildly colored bird of the pheasant family. Lady Amherst's Pheasants are native to parts of China and Myanmar. There are feral populations elsewhere, including England.

Male Lady Amherst's Pheasants have extremely beatuiful plumage, with a black and silver head, an extremely long grey tail. Their body feathers range from black to white and red, blue, green, and yellow.

The Lady Amherst's Pheasant is named after the wife of explorer William Pitt Amherst, who first shipped the bird to the west for science.

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Details & Statistics


The Lady Amherst's Pheasant is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and was last assessed in 2012 by BirdLife International. This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). Despite the fact that the population trend appears to be decreasing, the decline is not believed to be sufficiently rapid to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size may be moderately small to large, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.

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