Kalij Pheasant | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Kalij Pheasant

Lophura leucomelanos


  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Found in the foothills of the Himalayas from Pakistan to Thailand, the Kalij Pheasant grows up to 73 cm with a wingspan of around 50 cm. The male and female vary considerably in appearance, the male owning dark plumage with white speckling on its back with bright red colouring around the eyes whilst the females are fairly plain in comparison.

Native Range →

Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Thailand

Natural Habitat  →

Shrublands and forests

Diet  →

Seeds, plants, fruit, insects, worms and small animals

Life Expectancy  →

10-15 years in the wild. Up to 15 years in zoos

Breeding  →

6-9 eggs from a 25 day incubation period

Group Name  →

Covey, nide or nye

Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Hunting, habitat loss

Fun fact

A group of Kalij Pheasants has many collective nouns, including a "bouquet", "brace", "plume", "plump", and "trip" of pheasants.

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