* Threatened or Endangered
Reeves's Pheasant *
: Syrmaticus reevesii
: Central China
: Fruit, seeds, leaves, buds and roots, worms, snails and insects
: Wingspan up to 30”
• The Reeves’s Pheasant is considered vulnerable due to habitat loss and hunting for food and tail feathers.
• There are thought to be less than 2000 wild birds remaining in China.
• The male of this species holds the record for the longest tail of any bird with tail feathers reaching up to 8 feet long.
• These birds inhabit the forested mountains of central China and are very hardy.
• As in most pheasant species, the plain, mottled color of the female aids in camouflage when sitting on the nest.
• This bird is named for John Reeves, a naturalist and businessman who first sent the species back to England in 1831.