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White Eared Pheasant

Crossoptilon crossoptilon

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Crossoptilon crossoptilon
Class: Bird
Weight: 3 to 5 pounds
Conservation status: Near threatened
Life span: 11 to 18 years in professional care
Number of offspring: 4 to 7 eggs at a time


I Live In Asia

The white eared pheasant is found in forests throughout Asia in various Chinese provinces, as well as Tibet.

I Am An Herbivore

This bird species can often be found foraging for tubers and roots. During the winter months, the white eared pheasant will consume pine needles, juniper berries, and flower seed pods.

White Eared Pheasants are Social

White eared pheasants are a social species; they live and forage in large flocks together of up to 100 individuals.

It’s Tuft to Be So Cute

The white eared pheasant gets its name from the little tufts of feathers they have on the sides of their head, as well as their white feathers.

Helping the White Eared Pheasant in the Wild

The white eared pheasants at the Zoo is enrolled in the Species Survival Plan (SSP). SSP is a program implemented by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to help ensure a genetically viable population exists.

I Am Important To My Ecosystem

White eared pheasants play an important role in seed dispersal in their ecosystem.


Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.