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Brown-eared pheasant

Crossoptilon mantchuricum

Male brown-eared pheasant at Paignton Zoo
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Birds
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

This stunning bird is native to the mountain forests of northeastern China.

Their natural diet consists mainly of roots, bulbs, leaves and insects.

Interesting facts!

  • Unlike many birds, both the males and females of this species have similar plumage – they only vary slightly in size!
  • After breeding, the female lays 5 to 8 eggs, which are a pale green colour. She incubates the eggs for around 28 days before they hatch.


Due to their isolated population, deforestation and illegal hunting, the brown-eared pheasant is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.