Silver pheasant

Lophura nycthemera

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Lophura
Specie: Lophura nycthemera
Conservation status:
Silver pheasant. Large pheasant, native to southern China, where he lives in bamboo forests. As ornamental species can be found in parks around the world.
In this species of pheasant exists the sexual dimorphism, there is a great differentiation between the plumage of the male and the one of the female, being the male of colors much more showy. The length of the male is much higher than that of the female because of its long tail. The silver pheasant males have the upper body and the tail white, the chest and the lower body are a dark blue Almost black.
On its powerful pink legs stands out a strong spur. Also on the face have a red area, which will swell in times of heat. To finish decorating the head has an elegant tuft of fine black feathers. However, the plumage of the females is brown-brown with a slightly orange face.
South China, North Burma, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.
It feeds basically on plant matter, seeds, cereal grains and fruits. Although, sometimes, also eats insects, slugs, snails, worms, etc. Her favorite food is bamboo shoots.
They are not able to reproduce until the 2 years of age, time that will take in acquiring the adult plumage completely. The season of zeal includes the month of March, in which the red part of the face will be more visible reaching almost twice its normal size. This is when the nuptial parade begins, which basically consists of an incessant beating of wings.

He builds his nests on the ground, where he puts between eight and fifteen pink eggs. Chickens are born after an incubation period of between 23 and 28 days.

Zoológico de Vallarta A. C.

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