Lady Amherst´s pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae)

The Lady Amherst’s pheasant is a bird of the order Galliformes and the family Phasianidae. The species is native to south-western China and Burma. 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. The female is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage all over, similar to that of the female common pheasant but with finer barring. Despite the male’s showy appearance, these birds are very difficult to see in their natural habitat, which is dense, dark forests with thick 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.

photo credits: Sylfred1977, Lencer, DickDaniels, Paul Reynolds

This ridiculous bird is an Altai Snowcock. They have tiny wings and they’re terrible at flying, it’s more like gliding. They start at the bottom of a hill and walk uphill looking for plants to eat. When they get to the top of the hill and run out of uphill to go, they glide down to the bottom of the next hill and start over.

Photo by Tumendelger Humbaa.

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More contributions from Inktober. Again, I have tried to match the species with a flower found in its region. Which has been fun - as it’s led to me illustrating flowers I haven’t before! 

1. Elliot’s Pheasant (Syrmaticus elliotii) and Rhododendron (Rhododendron adenogynum) 
2. Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides) and Red Flowering Gum (Corymbia ficifolia
3. Lady Amherst’s Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) and Shorea (Shorea robusta).