Taxidermic Flushing Reeves Pheasant
Reeves's pheasant, originally from China, was introduced to Europe in the 18th Century and North America in the 19th specifically for driven shooting. The male of the species is unmistakable with a white head and black mask meeting on the nape, a bright golden-chestnut body, and an extremely long tail boldly marked black and white. This colorful pheasant has its rightful place in the in the Guinness World Records book for having the longest natural tail feather of any bird species and can measure up to 8 feet in length.
Typically found in a variety of forest types in northeast China its wild populations have been estimated at about 3,000 to 5,000. The main threat to the species is continued deforestation, which is reducing and fragmenting its habitat. Hunting for food is believed to be an important threat, and its eggs are collected as a delicacy. In the past, they were hunted for the long tail feathers, which were used as a decoration in the Peking opera costumes, but plastic feathers are increasingly being used for this purpose. Fortunately they have been successfully and widely bred for distribution, thus in captivity their numbers are significantly greater. Length 47in