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LADY AMHERST'S PHEASANT

The Lady Amherst's Pheasant, Chrysolophus amherstiae, is family Phasianidae.

These are native to south western China and Myanmar

The adult male is 100-120 cm in length, its tail accounting for 80 cm of the total length. It is unmistakable with its black and silver head, long grey tail and rump, and red, blue, white and yellow body plumage. The "cape" can be raised in display.

This species is closely related to the Golden Pheasant and the introduced populations in England will interbreed.

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Taken on August 30, 2012