Edwards's Pheasant

Edwards's Pheasant male

Edwards's Pheasant (Lophura edwardsi) is a unique critically endangered species that is native to Vietnam. Interestingly, they were previously considered to be extinct in the wild, though they were rediscovered in 1996. The males are a dark, shiny blue color. This is contrasted by a small white crest. The hens are brown. Both sexes have red facial skin and red legs. Unfortunately, they face threats from hunting and habitat destruction. 

Edwards's Pheasant male profile shot

Fortunately, Edwards's Pheasants were kept in captivity and have remained stable despite all of the issues in the wild. However, it is presumed that the captive population is highly inbred. The World Pheasant Association is currently working with this species. They are trying to get a sense of the genetic diversity to set up breeding pairs to capitalize on the remaining genetics. Hopefully reintroductions to the wild will be possible. You can read more about the project by clicking here.

Edwards's Pheasant male

Edwards's Pheasant hen

Edwards's Pheasant male

Edwards's Pheasants were added to the collection in the fall of 2016, so stay tuned for more information and photos of this wonderful species.