Having completed their annual moult, our Madarin drake (Aix galericulata) drake and Golden pheasant cock (Chrysolophus pictus) are looking beautiful in their bright new plumage. They’ve also been making a bit of a racket in Pheasant Crescent and you may have heard some rather unusual sounds and seen some unusual behaviour in their aviary! These calls are part of the territorial defense and courtship of the two species and are fantastically dramatic, from the deep almost bubbling ‘song’ of the mandarin to the frenzied elaborate dance of the male golden pheasant complete with specialized feathers that move across his face. See more photos and videos on the next page!
It’s been a week since the arrival of our golden pheasant chicks and in just one week they’ve grown and developed so much! You can still see them near pets corner in their brooder and venturing out into their new run built by our incredibly handy volunteer, Duncan. They still pop back under the heat lamp for warmth, but you’ll probably catch them out and about exploring their enclosure as their confidence and strength grows. At only 7 days, they’re already developing wing feathers and are very inquisitive! More photos on the next page.
We are proud to announce another set of exciting arrivals for the farm! Tiny baby pheasants! You can see our new little chicks and our mandarin ducklings in Pets Corner. The golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus) is a beautiful species that is native to the forests in mountainous areas of western China. Our adult pheasants (the parents of these little chicks) live in Pheasant Crescent in Pets Corner. The male is brightly coloured and his hens look very similar to those of female common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). More photos of the tiny new arrivals on the next page!