Lady Amherst Pheasants

Lady Amherst Pheasants
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Lady Amherst Pheasants

**We apologize but this breed currently cannot ship to Texas**

  • Exhibition/pleasure
  • 6-12 Eggs per clutch
  • Breeding season May through autumn
  • Incubation period 23-24 days
  • docile , easy going
  • 1.5 -2 lbs both sexes

The Lady Amherst's natural range is southwestern China and Myanmar (Burma), possibly Tibet, and there is a declining, feral population in Britain.  Their natrual habitat is forests, particularly bamboo thickets.  Lady Amherst’s Pheasants can fly but prefer not to. They are more comfortable running than flying.

Males have silver heads with black barring; a cape or ruff of feathers that surround the head and neck during courting; red, blue, white, and yellow body feathers; and a showy, long, gray tail with slightly longer orange feathers along the edges. Males develop their bright plumage at the age of two years but can be fertile during their first year. Experts recommend not using them for breeding purposes until they are two years old.

Females are buff or brown with dark barring throughout and look quite similar to female Red Golden Pheasants. Lady Amherst’s are a bit larger and have bluish legs and bills, rather than the yellow of Red Golden’s.

Lady Amherst’s Pheasants are a good choice for private aviaries because they are hardy and relatively easy to keep. They do need a roomy area so that their long tail feathers can be accommodated without breaking them. They also require shade and enjoy trees and shrubs with branches.

******While it is fine to keep Lady Amherst’s with other types of birds such as doves, pigeons, or ducks, there should be no possibility of cross-breeding between Lady Amherst’s and Red Goldens. Such crossings create fertile hybrids which can damage the pure bloodlines of both species.********




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