Atlas of Pheasants: Ithaginis cruentus cruentus

Atlas of Pheasants: Ithaginis cruentus cruentus

Scientific classification - Ithaginis cruentus cruentus

Kingdom: Animals
Phylum: Cordati
Subphylum: Vertebrates
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformi
Family: Phasianides
Genus: Ithaginis
Species: I. cruentus cruentus

The bloody pheasant is the most common of its kind and also the most bred; it is endemic to the mountains of China and Nepal.

Morphological characteristics

The male has a black and white head and forelock, the throat, forehead and face are black, the chest and belly are yellowish green, the wings and the back are greyish-green streaked with white, the short tail is also red with white feather, the female is reddish brown, both sexes have a mask of bare yellowish-red skin around brown eyes and while they are red legs (often in males they are provided with more spurs). They complete the plumage and reach sexual maturity between the 1st and 2nd year of life.


It is not among the most common pheasants in captivity, its character is far from docile, even if it is a monogamous species, in the mating period it is often brutal with the female and is not fearful even of the breeder; it is very resistant to the cold as it is a species from the high mountains, on the other hand it suffers a lot from hot and Mediterranean climates, its diet is made up of vegetables, vegetables, fruit, insects and moths integrated by a good mixture of grains.

Reproduction: April May
Hatching: 27 days
Number of eggs: 6 12
Cohabitation: monogamy

Bloody pheasant, male (photo

Bloody pheasant, female (photo

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