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Reeves's Pheasant - BirdForum Opus

Photo by thirudevaram
Dongzhai Nature Reserve, Henan, China, December 2016
Syrmaticus reevesii


Photo by thirudevaram
Dongzhai Nature Reserve, Henan, China, December 2016

Male c210 cm (82¾ in), female c150 cm (59 in); Bold pattern, long, barred tail.

  • White head
  • Black mask
  • Bright golden-chestnut body, with black scaling
  • Orange-buff tail with black and white markings

Female: duller with buff face, dark eye-mask. Tail is shorter


Asia: found in low altitude deciduous forests of north-central China

Introduced to parts of Europe.


This is a monotypic species[1].


They are to be found in evergreen and deciduous woodland in low level mountain areas.



Their mostly vegetarian diet acorns, tubers, wild persimmons, legumes and seeds. They also eat some larvae and insects.


The clutch consists of 7-14 eggs which is laid in April or May. The eggs are incubated for 24-25 days.


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved April 2017)

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