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, also known as the
Bar Backed Pheasant
, is a large pheasant but not as long as the
. These birds will grow to around 80 cm long, and they are a beautiful chestnut brown and white pheasant breed. Like many other Pheasant breeds, the
is native to China and lives in areas of thick evergreens in mountainous regions. The
is named for the American Ornithologist named Daniel Giraud Elliot.
In its natural habitat, the
is considered a vulnerable species due to a limited range, consistent habitat loss, and over hunting for food. They are primarily herbivorous, usually eating seeds, berries, and leaves. The males will obtain their beautiful adult plumage within the first year, but they will not be fertile until their second year.
are polygamous and the male can be kept with up to 3 females.
It is helpful to keep these birds in a spacious and well covered aviary with plenty of vegetation. Small trees and bushes are helpful for cover. The
can be sexed after about two weeks of age - the males will have barred tails and the females will have dull central tail feathers.
Elliot Pheasant Info
Males: 80-100 cm ; Females: 60-80 cm
Silver head and nape with a dark greenish black chin; chestnut brown and burnt orange chest and upper back; darker chestnut flanks with patches of blue, white and black feathering; white belly and white-laced black back; brown and white striped plumage
Silverish brown crown and neck with a black chin; mottled black and brown plumage with a mottled brown tail.
Egg Color -
Number of Eggs -
Incubation Period -
approximately 25 days
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