PHOTO: Lost Golden Pheasant Bird Found In Hurstwood
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.
“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.