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  • English name
    Edward's Pheasant
  • ClassificationGalliformes, Phasianidae
  • Scientific nameLophura edwardsi

Edward's Pheasant
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The Edward's Pheasant is a member of the pheasant family that lives only in parts of Vietnam. They are now on the brink of extinction because of war and deforestation.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Total length: 58-65cm

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

They live only in the northern part of the Annamitic Cordillera in central Vietnam.

What they eat

The Edward's Pheasant eats plant seeds and insects.

What they are like

The male has bluish feathers and the female has brownish feathers. The male has a larger red-skinned face. Can you tell them apart?

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Loss of homes due to war and deforestation...
The Edward's Pheasant is a member of the pheasant family and lives in only a few parts of Vietnam. They have lost their habitat due to humans many times. First, the Vietnam War in the 1960s caused major damage to the forests. After that, the forests were cut down to make farmlands and lumber for wood. In a survey released in 1994, their population had dropped to less than 1,000.

Unable to return to their homes in the forests
Normally, deforestation starts in low areas accessible to humans. The Edward's Pheasant lives in low areas, 600 meters above sea level. This means their habitat is exactly where deforestation takes place. Edward's Pheasants are easy to breed, so they can often be seen in zoos. But even if the number of Edward's Pheasants increases, they cannot return to the wild unless we restore their forests.

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