Button quail are small, drab, running birds, which avoid flying. The female is the more brightly colored of the sexes, and initiates courtship. Unusually, the button quail are polyandrous, with the females circulating among several males and expelling rival females from her territory. Read more about the Button Quail >>
These birds are easily recognized by their top knots and scaly plumage on their undersides. Gambel's quail have gray plumage on much of their bodies, and males have copper feathers on the top of their heads, black faces, and white stripes above their eyes. Gambel's quail can be commonly confused with California Quail.
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Scaled quail can be seen in the early mornings and late afternoons feeding on sunflowers, cactus, green vegetation, and a variety of other plants and seasonal seeds. Scaled quail have a very high natural mortality rate and are short lived. Generally seed eaters, scaled quail usually feed in the early morning and late evening. The scaled quail is a runner, able to reach speeds above 15 miles per hour.
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The Blue Eared Pheasant, Crossoptilon auritum is a large, up to 96 cm long, dark blue-grey pheasant with velvet black crown, red bare facial skin, yellow iris, long white ear coverts behind the eyes and crimson legs. Its tail of twenty-four elongated bluish grey feathers is curved, loose and dark-tipped. Read more about the Blue-Eared Pheasant >>
The Silver Pheasant (Lophura nycthemera) is a species of pheasant found in forests, mainly in mountains, of mainland Southeast Asia, and eastern and southern China, with introduced populations in Hawaii and various locations in the US mainland. The male is black and white, while the female is mainly brown.
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This spectacular pheasant is mentioned in the Guinness World Records 2008 for having the longest natural tail feather of any bird species; a record formerly held by the Crested Argus Pheasant. It can measure up to 2.4 metres or 8 feet long. The female is a brown bird with blackish crown, buff face and grey brown barred tail feathers.
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Males have a golden-yellow crest with a hint of red at the tip. The face, throat, chin, and the sides of neck are rusty tan. The wattles and orbital skin are both yellow in color, and the ruff or cape is light orange. The upper back is green and the rest of the back and rump are golden-yellow in color. The tertiaries are blue whereas the scapulars are dark red. Read more about the Golden Pheasant >>
Lady Amherst's Pheasant
The adult male is 100-120 cm in length, its tail accounting for 80 cm of the total length. It is unmistakable with its black and silver head, long grey tail and rump, and red, blue, white and yellow body plumage. The "cape" can be raised in display. This species is closely related to the Golden Pheasant. Read more about the Lady Amherst's Pheasant >>
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