Red Golden Pheasants come from the mountains of Central China.
The male and female are highly dimorphic, which means that their plumage and features differ greatly between the sexes.
The most obvious difference is the adult male's gorgeous plumage. (Immature males sport a plumage not unlike that of females.)
The male's plumage serves as a beacon to predators, and an aphrodesiac to females during courtship.
The Male courts his female by circling her, stopping, spreading and displaying his cape and tail, standing on his toes, and hissing.
The courting is endless, lasting year round. The females only settle for the male's affections from mid-spring to mid-summer.
Once the female has laid her clutch of 8 to 12 eggs, her camoflouge serves to keep her safe while the male's brilliant plumage draws the interest of predators.
The males show no interest in the eggs or guarding the nest, but they do serve by distracting or driving away other females.
The hen will brood her eggs for 22-23 days. Upon hatching, she will sit still on them for a period of 1 to 3 days before striking out with them in search for food.
The hen will call the peeps, peck at food, pick it up and drop it, and sometimes feed the peeps from her beak.
The young can fly at 10-14 days, and become nearly uncatchable.
Red Goldens are one of he most intelligent, contemplating birds I've ever kept.
They are easily tamed, but ever-cautious. They will allow you into their flight pen, but warm to you slowly.
A handful of greens will bring them in within a few minutes, but they will come to see what you're doing in 15 or 20 minutes without the aid of treats.
The young are willing to be handled, although not fond of it. The adults do not accept handling and like to keep a safe distance, even if it is only arm's length.
Goldens are non-agressive and live together peacefully. They spend much of their time running, playing, and courting.
They only rest once the sun settles, but that's not before they get out into the open for a final evening meal.
It is a breathtaking site to see an entire flock of Red Goldens move to the grassy openness to forage in the evening.
They are quiet for the most part, although the males occasionally let out a high pitched one or two syllable shreik.
The hens warble and purr, and are generally quite vocal, but in a hushed tone.
You can quickly learn their calls and what they are saying to each other by spending time with them, watching them interact.
Red Goldens are truly a joy to keep, watch, and care for.
They enjoy your presence, rather than tolerate it. Their personality is unrivaled among ornamental pheasants, and for that, they will be our friends for life.
I hope you've enjoyed our birds as much as we do!!!