December 17, 2015 – Mikado Pheasant or Taiwan Long-tailed Pheasant  (Syrmaticus mikado)

These long-tailed pheasants are native to the mountain forests of Taiwan. They feed on berries, seeds, leafy plants, shoots, flower buds, and insects. Males use their red face wattles and long tails in mating displays to court females. During the breeding season, females lay up to ten eggs in a nest built on the ground or in the roots and branches of fallen trees. The females exclusively care for the eggs and chicks. They are classified as Near Threatened because of declining populations caused by hunting and loss of habitat.