Reeves Pheasants

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The Reeves's Pheasant (Syrmaticus reevesii) is a large bird of the pheasant family, and belongs to the genus Syrmaticus. It is native to China and was named after British naturalist John Reeves, who first brought live specimens to Europe in 1831.

Male Reeves's Pheasants are impressive creatures, measuring 210 cm (83 in) in length and weighing 1,529 g (3.371 lb). The male boasts a bright, vibrant appearance with a golden-white and red body, gray legs, brown iris, and bare red skin around the eyes. Its head is white, with a black band across its eyes, while its long, silvery-white tail is barred with chestnut brown and can reach up to 2.4 m (7.9 ft) in length. This bird holds a place in the Guinness World Records 2008 edition for having the longest natural tail feather of any bird species, previously held by the crested argus pheasant.

Females, on the other hand, are slightly smaller, measuring 75 cm (30 in) in length and weighing 949 g (2.092 lb). They have a brown body with a blackish crown, a buff face, and grayish brown barred tail feathers. The females are roughly the same size as male common pheasants.

There are no recognized subspecies of the Reeves's Pheasant, although there are some variations in plumage.