Exhibit of the month - October
Every month, museum visitors choose the exhibit they like the most. What prevailed in October was the golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus), also known as the Chinese pheasant.
Its name comes from the ancient Greek word Chrysolophus, which means "with a golden plume", and the Latin word pictus, which means painted (from the Latin verb pingere = paint). It is an impressive species of pheasant, which lives in Asia. The yellow pheasant is mainly a terrestrial animal, it is found in open forests, groves, clusters of trees, shrubs, and fields. It feeds mainly on berries, grubs, seeds, and other types of vegetation.
This species is characterized by an intense racial dimorphism, as the female is smaller in size than the male and does not have such striking colors. The adult male is about 90–105 cm long, while its tail represents two-thirds of its total length. Its weight ranges from 600-640 gr. Its hoarse voice is also characteristic.
Female golden pheasants lay 8 to 12 eggs at a time and incubate these for around 22–23 days. Today, with human intervention, the bird has spread around the world. It is bred in special farms, in which it lives in a semi-wild state, in fenced areas with bushes.