Reeve’s Pheasant

Native to China. It is named after the British naturalist John Reeves, who first introduced live specimens to Europe in 1831. Due to ongoing habitat loss, and overhunting for food and its tail plumes, the Reeves's pheasant is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. There are thought to be only around 2000 birds remaining in the wild.

 

The male has an extremely long silvery white tail barred with chestnut brown. This pheasant is mentioned in the 2008 edition of Guinness World Records for having the longest natural tail feather of any bird species; a record formerly held by the crested argus pheasant. The tail can measure up to 7.9 ft long. Their call is unlike other game birds in that it is a musical warble.

 

The Reeves's pheasant is common to evergreen forests of central and eastern China. The Reeve’s Pheasant is a hardy gamebird, which tolerates both hot and cold weather, that prefers an open woodland. In more captive environments, allow for more space as their long tails can break when kept in too small of an area. The Reeves does well in aviaries of over 250 square feet.

 

They prefer higher ground for nesting. The female lays a clutch of 7–14 eggs in April or May; the incubation period is 24–25 days. Reeves's pheasants are often aggressive towards humans, animals, and other pheasants, particularly during the breeding season. Chicks should be kept away from other types of birds as they, too, can display aggressive tendencies.

 

They feed on a mixture of seeds and fruit, but will also eat insects, snails, worms, buds and fresh shoots.

Reeve’s Pheasant

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