Seeds, leaves, shoots and insects.
The male has beautiful plumage and a crest of golden feathers. The female is plainer with various shades of brown and streaked black. They move in pairs or alone and are very shy and alert to danger. They have short wings and are reluctant to fly, preferring to run.
Little is known of their breeding habits in the wild but in Britain they make a shallow scrape in the ground which they line with plant material and lay 5-12 eggs which they incubate for 22 days.
- Latin Name: Chrysolophus pictus
- Class: Birds
- Order: Galliformes
- Family: Phasianidae
- Conservation status: Least Concern
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