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The Red Golden Pheasants is probably the most common variety of Golden Pheasants, and is usually simply referred to as the Golden Pheasant. The Golden Pheasant or Chinese Pheasant is native to dense forested and mountainous regions of China. There are also many regions of the United Kingdom where feral populations have been started and thrived as well.
The Red Golden Pheasant is a strikingly beautiful bird species, and they are also surprisingly easy to raise and breed for beginning avian enthusiasts. These birds can fly if necessary to avoid predators, but they are much more apt as ground fowl and prefer running. They spend most of their day feeding on the ground on berries, seeds, grains, or invertebrates, and they will roost in trees at night.
Red Golden Pheasants have a brilliant golden crest and rear with a bright red breast and belly. The "ruff" or "cape" around the head is black and orange. The tertiary plumage is blue while it's secondary feathers are also red. The Golden Pheasants tail is black with cinnamon colored spots and accounts for about two thirds of birds total length. The female Golden Pheasants are much duller in coloration than the males, with mostly mottle or barred brown and buff plumage. The females will lay between 8-12 eggs and incubate for 22-23 days.
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