PHOTO: Lost Golden Pheasant Bird Found In Hurstwood

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BTB Reader Sally Irvine sent us the photo above, of herself feeding an apparently lost male Golden (aka “Chinese”) Pheasant bird Thursday in the Hurstwood neighborhood of Burien.

Sally says:

“I live in Hurstwood and have been visited by a Golden Pheasant, he ate out of my hand today.

The zoo thinks he is most likely an escapee from someone’s private aviary. I would like to try to find his owner so a coyote doesn’t get him.”

According to Wikipedia, the Golden Pheasant is:

“…native to forests in mountainous areas of western China but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

The adult male is 90-105 cm in length, its tail accounting for two-thirds of the total length. It is unmistakable with its golden crest and rump and bright red body. The deep orange “cape” can be spread in display, appearing as an alternating black and orange fan that covers all of the face except its bright yellow eye, with a pinpoint black pupil.

Males have a golden-yellow crest with a hint of red at the tip.

Despite the male’s showy appearance, these hardy birds are very difficult to see in their natural habitat, which is dense, dark young conifer forests with sparse undergrowth. Consequently, little is known of their behaviour in the wild.

They feed on the ground on grain, leaves and invertebrates, but roost in trees at night. Whilst they can fly, they prefer to run: but if startled they can suddenly burst upwards at great speed, with a distinctive wing sound.

Although they can fly in short bursts they are quite clumsy in flight and spend most of their time on the ground.”

So, has anyone out there lost a male Golden Pheasant?

If so, please email us immediately and we’ll connect you with Sally, who will help you retrieve your bird.

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10 Responses to “PHOTO: Lost Golden Pheasant Bird Found In Hurstwood”
  1. MLF says:

    That Pheasant has been in Seahurst park for over 5 months or so. Its come into our yard and its great to know its still alive.

  2. Theresa says:

    I saw it months ago, too. I have often wondered what became of it.

  3. Alcina says:

    MLF and Theresa, B-Town also had this post about what was likely this same pheasant back in April
    If it is the same one, it is good to know it has pretty good survival skills.

  4. Kim says:

    He's still alive — in Shorewood now. Healthy and comes back everyday for food.

  5. Jen says:

    The pheasant is now in the Greenwood neighborhood in Seattle 🙂

  6. josh says:

    He is living in my back yard for the last three weeks. I just moved to shorewood about a month ago. He is in good health and struts around like he owns the place.


    Birds-Animals are our friends. If we don’t threaten them, they will come in our hands.
    We must share with them to live in this world.

  8. Hannelie says:

    We saw exactly a bird like this on the trail in Maple Valley the last few days – I hope he can survive the cold. He sure is beautiful.

  9. Craig says:

    He is back in the Shorewood neighborhood between the Salmon Creek greenbelt and Seahurst Park. Spotted 2/27/10 – the first time in many months.

  10. Valerie says:

    found the same looking bird in orland park, illinois and did not know what to do with it. It has been around my work for a couple days now.

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