In the wild these pheasants are found in the forests of central Vietnam, where they are secretive and and were only discovered in 1964. Sadly, they are listed as an endangered species as their numbers decline due to hunting and deforestation. The last estimate put the wild population at just 2500 birds.
They look very similar to the Edwards’ pheasant, the most obvious difference being the central tail feathers of the male Vietnamese pheasant are white whilst those of the Edwards’ pheasant are blue. Indeed research is being carried out to determine if these birds are a sub-species of Edwards’ pheasant.
Our pair share one of the woodland aviaries with the azure-winged magpies. They are fed pellets, wheat, a few greens and their favourites – insects.