The female Lady Amherst pheasant at the Zoo hatched in 1998. Sarah, the Countess of Amherst, was the first person to send these birds to London in early in the 1800’s which is why the bird is named after her. She can be found in the Aviary.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Least concern.
These pheasants are native to southwest China and northern Burma. They live in wooded areas and bamboo thickets of altitudes 7,000 to 12,000 feet.
Lady Amherst pheasants are omnivores. They eat fruit, berries, bamboo shoots, spiders, insects and aquatic animals.