* Threatened or Endangered
Swinhoe’s Pheasant *
: Lophura swinhoii
: Plants, seeds, insects and invertebrates
: Wingspan up to 36”
: In 1966, the wild population was in danger of extinction with under 200 birds remaining. Thanks to efforts by wildlife personnel, wild numbers are now stable in Taiwan, though threatened due to potential habitat loss.
This bird was first described in 1862 by British ornithologist Robert Swinhoe. These pheasants are very good at building nests in hard to find locations. Researchers attempting to count nests during studies in Taiwan generally could only find nests with birds that had radio collars installed on them. These birds are also locally called Mountain Chicken due to their mountainous habitat in the wild.