This plain-looking bird makes up for it in volume
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”