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Royal pheasant
Royal pheasant
One of the largest pheasants with a very long tail.
Type: Chordates
Class: Birds
Order: Chicken
Family: Pheasant
Genus: Long-tailed (variegated) pheasants
Species: Royal Pheasant
General Settings
  • Habitat mountain forests of Central and Northeastern China.
  • Body length - up to 100 cm. Tail length - 100-110 cm.
  • Weight - 1-1.5 kg.
  • The diet includes acorns, rose hips and other berries, as well as various invertebrates.
  • Life expectancy is up to 20 years.

One of the largest pheasants with a very long tail.

Social behavior

Resident birds. In autumn and winter they keep in flocks of up to 10 individuals, and by spring they break up into smaller groups. In relation to humans and animals, they can behave quite aggressively, especially during the nesting period.


Clutch consists of 7-14 eggs, which are laid between April and May. The incubation period is 24-25 days. Only female incubates.

Species and people

Royal pheasants are successfully kept and reproduced in many zoos around the world. In the wild, the king pheasant population is declining as a result of environmental changes and bird hunting for meat and feathers.

Interesting Facts

The tail length of the king pheasant increases after each molt.

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