One male golden pheasant, Sultan, lives in the Zoo's Aviary. Males are brightly colored with a red chest, a golden-yellow crest and a long tail. Such festive coloring contributes to the courtship displays. Females are brown, beige and black.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern. The golden pheasant is a popular species to have in captivity in zoos and aviaries. For being so well known and familiar in captivity, very little is known of their habits in the wild in the mountains of central China.
Golden pheasants live in central and southern China on bushy slopes, rocky mountainsides and terraced fields where there are dense conifer forests and sparse undergrowth.
Golden pheasants are omnivores. They eat tender bamboo shoots, insects, berries, grubs, seeds and flowers.