Atlas of Pheasants: Catreus wallichi

Atlas of Pheasants: Catreus wallichi

Scientific classification - Catreus wallichi

Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Cordati
Subphylum: Vertebrates
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformi
Family: Phasianides
Genus: Catreus
Species: C. wallichi

The only member of the genus Catreus, the Wallich's pheasant, is endemic to the Himalayas, where it lives in the mountains between 1,100 and 1,400 meters above sea level; its name commemorates the Danish botanist Nathaniel Wallich.

Morphological characteristics

It is not among the most striking pheasants: the male is brown streaked with gray and striped with black, the female is brown and has a fleck of black feathers edged with white, both sexes have a tuft on the head (smaller in the female), red facial mask which is larger and darker in the male, black eyes, gray beak and legs with spurs in the male. They complete the plumage and reach sexual maturity at the 1st year of life.


Once widespread in captivity, for several years now breeders have preferred more brightly colored pheasants; it needs large aviaries as wild and moreover both the male and the female are not among the most docile pheasants: they do not tolerate the presence of other birds in the aviary, they also end up fighting among themselves and also the females are often jealous among of them, giving life to real scuffles therefore it is advisable to breed the species in pairs, it is however a species that shows a marked character difference that varies from individual to individual: there can also be more gentle subjects with the like and less shy in the towards people; the mountains are very resistant to the cold, as their original habitat, they suffer a lot from the warm and temperate climates, their feeding is rather frugal and composed of a good mixture for pheasants integrated with fruit and insects.

Reproduction: April June
Hatching: 25 26 days
Number of eggs: 18 26
Cohabitation: monogamy

Wallich's pheasant, pair (photo

Wallich's pheasant (photo

Video: Golden pheasants in Chinas Qinling Mountains (January 2022).