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Green Pheasant
Green pheasant
Information
Range Japan
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Galliformes
Family Phasianidae
Genus Phasianus
Species P. versicolor
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern
The green pheasant (Phasianus versicolor), also known as Japanese green pheasant, is an omnivorous bird native to the Japanese archipelago, to which it is endemic. It was formerly considered to be a subspecies of the common, ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). Some taxonomic authorities still consider it a subspecies. It is the national bird of Japan.

Description

The male (cock) has dark green plumage on the breast, neck, mantle, and flanks. The male also has bluish-purplish hood with clear ear-tufts, red wattle, and long, pale grey-banded tail. The female is smaller than the male, with a shorter tail, and has brownish black colored plumage, with dark brown feather fringed pale brown. In captivity, a good feed for pheasants is enough to keep them in perfect condition since they are not very demanding pheasants.

Diet

They can be fed with a good commercial feed for pheasant chickens (27% protein). These pheasants feed on their natural habitat of grains, berries, fruits, and small invertebrates, small crustaceans and snails. In captivity, a good feed for pheasants is enough to keep them in perfect condition since they are not very demanding pheasants.

Facts

  • The green pheasant is the national bird of Japan. It was declared the national bird of Japan in 1947.
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