Animal of the day – 3/20/2012 – The Lady Amherst’s Pheasant

Lady Amherst's Pheasant

The animal of the day is the Lady Amherst’s Pheasant. (Did you know: Hot damn pheasant, did a box of crayons throw up on you?! Like, most birds, only the males have this bright plumage. The females look much more…tame.

Female Lady Amherst Pheasant

These guys are closely related to another gorgeous bird, the Golden Pheasant. Actually, they’re close enough to interbreed!

This bird is originally native to China, but was introduced to England in the 1800’s by William Pitt Amherst, after whom the bird is named [actually named for his wife]. After being introduced in England, the bird was very successful, and now there are wild populations all over the island, with most of them living in Bedfordshire.

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