Pheasant (Elliot’s) / Syrmaticus ellioti

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This bird is named after American ornithologist Daniel Giraud Elliot (1835-1915)

Elliot’s pheasant is described as being polygynous with males having two or three mates

Elliot’s pheasant can be found in a range of forest habitats across China, south of the Yangtze River, where it forages on the forest floor for leaves, buds, seeds, fruits, grains as well as insects and the eggs of other birds.

Females lay their eggs in the spring and the breeding habitat is dense forest with a heavy canopy cover. Females normally lay clutches of 4-12 eggs. A male Elliot’s pheasant – above image – pairs with more than one female – image below – at a time, the norm being up to three. The male plays absolutely no part in nest building, incubation or rearing of the chicks.