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Common Faults of the Ruffed Pheasants

Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus)

Please note: these tips focus only on the wild/true form of the Golden Pheasant, commonly referred to as the Red Golden in aviculture, not the mutations.

Common Faults of a Golden Male:
1.) Any trace of red in the crest besides that at the very tip.
2.) Any traces of green in the breast.
3.) Red in the lower back or rump.
4.) Large size.
5.) Legs dark.
Common Faults of a Golden Hen:
1.) Dark color (outside of the dark-throated mutation)
2.) Large size
3.) dark legs.

Lady Amherst Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae)

Common Faults of a Lady Amherst Male:
1.) Traces of some color other than green in the crown. The red of the crest should stop precisely where the green begins
2.) Traces of red in the breast or on the flanks
3.) Facial color not bluish-green
4.) Dark gray or brownish color in the white area between the bars on the central rectrices.
5.) Mottled barring on the central rectrices, approaching that of the Golden.
6.) Small size, approaching that of the Golden.
7.) Yellowish legs.
Common Faults of a Lady Amherst Hen:
1.) Lack of reddish chestnut on the head, neck, throat and upper breast.
2.) No gray marking on the tail.
3.) Lack of distinct barring on the tail.
4.) Yellowish legs.

Hybrids are harmful to aviculture
Both of these species will readily interbreed and there are breeders who do so for a variety of purposes. Breeding two true wild species of any type of bird is wrong and harmful to aviculture. Once hybrid birds are introduced to a pure gene pool, many years of hard work of maintaining the pure lines is lost. The goal of is to educate the beginner to aviculture the importance of conservation through aviculture. To maintain/preserve wild species in captivity in their wild, pure form.

Mutations are not hybrids
Please note that the many mutations of Golden Pheasants are not the result of hybrids and no breeding with the Amherst will create a new mutation, species or "breed". The Golden mutations should be bred and maintained as with the true species and never crossed with another species. Breeding two different mutations together is not the same as breeding two species together., the Game Bird & Waterfowl Pages
For more information regarding these species and other pheasants, visit Dedicated to the conservation and aviculture of the world's galliformes and anseriformes.
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