Swinhoe’s Pheasant (Lophura swinhoii)

Other Names: Formosan Pheasant, Blue Pheasant

Range: Mountains of central Taiwan.

Habitat: Forests.

Description: Adult males are larger than the similar edwardsi and also differ in having a short white crest, a blue head, neck and breast, but the red face wattles are much more developed. There is a large white patch on the upper back, the shoulders are maroon and the wing-coverts are metallic greenish-black. The long central tail feather is white. Hens are mostly brown, speckled with triangular yellowish-buff markings. First year males look similar to adult males, but are duller and the white patch on the back is mottled brown.

Breeding Season: Begins early here in the midwest, not uncommon to have hens lay in early March and usually lasts through mid May.

Breeding Age: Second year, but first year birds are often fertile.

Clutch Size: 3 to 6

Incubation Period: 24-26 days