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Female Lady Amherest Pheasant or Golden Pheasant

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Old Friday 22nd October 2010, 15:35   #1
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Female Lady Amherest Pheasant or Golden Pheasant

All these pictures are of one female, can anyone please tell me if she is female of Lady Amherst Pheasant or Golden Pheasant?( If it can be ascertained from these pictures)
http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Image0097.jpg
http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Image0098.jpg
http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Image0101.jpg
http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Image0102.jpg
http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b.../Image0118.jpg
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Old Friday 22nd October 2010, 16:41   #2
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I'd say female Golden but I await other replies ...
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Old Friday 22nd October 2010, 16:48   #3
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Thanks for your reply, but you did not explain why do you think it is female golden, care to now?
I await opinion from other members too!
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Sorry indep! I just did a search of images on Google of both species and it's looks more like a Golden to me.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/krissyb...n/photostream/

http://www.gbwf.org/pheasants/amherst02.html
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Old Friday 22nd October 2010, 19:12   #5
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I'm no expert, but from a little research the following appear to fit LA's better:

Rufous plumage tones
Greyish legs
Blue-grey cheek patch & whitish surround to eyes
Unbarred belly
Distinct creamy bars along tail

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Old Friday 22nd October 2010, 22:51   #6
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Be careful !!! There are many hybrids LA x Golden in captivity...

And there are probably no more pure lineages in bth LA and goldens straisn in captivity...

I think that this female pheasant is probably a hybrid..;
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Old Saturday 15th January 2011, 21:51   #8
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Hi! I don't know if you are still pondering this one, but thought I'd throw in my two cents. I happen to be doing some research on the Golden Pheasant right now and stumbled upon your post. I attached the plate for these species and looked them over as well. Your bird is beyond my ability to ID with any certainty. It shows some simiarities with both species. The bird is also looking pretty ratty and the picture quality isn't such that one could make any good guesses based on leg color. I'd say, see if things get a little more clear after her next molt. Otherwise, your guess is probably as good as the next guy. Also agree with the comment about hybridization. There are probably endless combinations of plumages that could result from cross breeding of the two species. But, I'm no expert ; )

Hope the plates help!

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