Swinhoe's Pheasants

Swinhoe's Pheasants
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Swinhoe's Pheasants

  • Exhibition/pleasure
  • 3-7 Eggs per clutch
  • Breeding season March-April (but can extend to July) 
  • Generally calm, easy to tame
  • 2-4 pounds

Although native to the forest jungles of Taiwan, Swinhoe's Pheasants are easily tamed and do well in captivity.   In their natural environment, these birds are found mostly in the dappled shade mountain forests of tall hardwood trees, usually at high elevations of 1,000 to 7,000 feet. The Swinhoe's Pheasant seems to prefer primary broadleaf forests but with logging pressures in its native environment, it has been successfully adapting to mature secondary moist hardwood forests.

Swinhoe's Pheasants are large, brilliantly colored birds. Males have bright red facial skin, wattles, and legs. Their feathers, from the neck and over the chest and sides, are mostly shades of midnight blue with lacing patterns of royal and teal blue colors. They also have a white crest and a white patch on their upper back. Their magnificence is amplified by a purplish-red strip of coloring over the shoulders. Their tails are about half the length of the body. It is full and highlighted by a pair of pure white feathers that stand out brilliantly against a stock of dark blue-black curving tail feathers. The female is smaller and much less attention-demanding than the male but is a fine-looking bird. Females have a smaller red patch around the eyes and matching bright red legs. The plumage is gray and brownish-gold but with an intricate pattern of barring and lacing. Tail feathers are also brown with cinnamon and reddish tones.

Chicks start to leave the nest after 2 or 3 days and are camouflaged in soft brown colors. Young birds get their adult plumage at 2 years of age.

Male gives a courtship and mating performance - with flaunting and displaying as well as wing-whirring, bobbing, and raising of the white crest as well as the red wattles on the face. Breeding is usually March through April but can extend into July. Although Swinhoe's Pheasants can be fertile in the first year, it is best to wait until the second year when the birds are fully mature before breeding.

Housing Requirements: At least 150 square feet of aviary space per bird is required. Although Swinhoe's Pheasants in the wild are solitary most of the time, they can be kept successfully in pairs or trios if hens are accepting of one another. Males should not be kept together or with other male pheasant species. Swinhoe's Pheasants roost in trees at night time so these birds will need raised areas for roosting. For laying and/or nesting, they will need private and sheltered spots within the aviary, which mimic the shelter of tree trunks or large rocks. They are hardy and can withstand cold temperatures. They do enjoy dusting; they should be provided with some area with sand or dry soil so the birds can dust and keep their plumage glowing. Make sure their enclosure is safe from predators including very small ones such as mink and weasels.

Diet: The diet in the wild is varied, comprised of both plant material (nuts, berries, buds, and leaf shoots) as well as insects and worms. Swinhoe's Pheasants forage during the day, mostly in the morning and late afternoon on the ground. They tend to dig and scratch about. They need a medium-level protein diet of 20-23% protein. Higher-protein 'breeder poultry pellets' with 23-26% protein (may have to be crumbled if pellets are too large) combined with greens and other variations when possible would be quite adequate.


  • Model: SWINP

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