Cheer pheas­ant

This plain-look­ing bird makes up for it in vol­ume

World of Animals - - Fantastic Pheasants -

Cheer pheas­ants are un­usual in that both sexes look sim­i­lar in plumage and also sur­pris­ingly drab in colour for pheas­ants. They are a very vo­cal species and their calls can carry for 1.6 kilo­me­tres (one mile). More than 90 dif­fer­ent calls have been recorded re­lat­ing to their be­hav­iour. They pair for life and both par­ents raise the young to­gether.

They are found in the western Hi­malayas but are rare in all lo­cal­i­ties, es­pe­cially Pak­istan. The World Pheas­ant As­so­ci­a­tion helped re-in­tro­duce the species into the Mar­galla Hills above Is­lam­abad, with a large num­ber of eggs from birds held in cap­tiv­ity in the UK used in the project. Since then, the Mar­galla Hills Na­tional Park has been es­tab­lished to help pro­tect them.

“The WPA helped re-in­tro­duce the species into the Mar­galla Hills above Is­lam­abad”

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