Check out these gorgeous pheasants from around the world:
Habitat: Forested areas and bamboo thickets of southwestern China and northern Burma
The result of crossbreeding different types of pheasants. Not found in nature. Reminds me of peach cobbler.
Habitat: native to the mountainous regions of western China
Habitat: forests of Borneo
When trying to impress a girl, males will strut about slowly, inflating their blue facial wattles while raising and spreading their brilliant tail. Sexy. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species due to habitat loss & local hunting. Not Sexy.
Habitat: The Himalayas, from eastern Afghanistan to western China
Slightly resembling a peacock due to its bright plumage and very long crest, the Himalayan Monal is the national bird of Nepal. This bird gained some recognition whenin the 2009 Disney-Pixar Film Up, the large flightless tropical bird “Kevin” (which is actually a female) was based upon the iridescent appearance of a male Himalayan Monal found at the Sacramento Zoo. The bird, named Genghis, has since died.
Aptly named the blood pheasant, this relatively small bird is most recognizable due to the male’s distinctive red feathers. This is the only species of the genus Ithaginis. Creepy name but a beautiful bird. True blood fans will like this one.
Here’s a great video narrated by David Attenborough featuring the Bulwer’s Pheasant, Temminck’s Trogopan, Himalayan Monal & a few others: