Monday, July 5, 2010
Creature Feature: Golden Pheasant.
This journal simply cannot have enough galliformes, can it? That is probably so because many birds (usually the males) look like little works of art. You can just picture the golden pheasants (Chrysolophus pictus) up there being in a museum painting (or a fantasy RPG...take your pick). Again, the females are far more drab than the fellows above.
The males, however, look almost like colorful fish (Betta splendens, I'm looking at you). Though native to China, they are frequently seen in aviaries and gardens in Europe. Many captive specimens are impure(mixed with Lady Amherst's pheasant), but no less pretty. ;)
(Also, galliforme entries are short!)