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Grey Peacock Pheasant

Grey Peacock Pheasants can measure up to 30 inches in length at maturity, with the females usually slightly smaller. They have a distinctive appearance, with iridescent blue-green and copper feathers on their head, neck, and upper body, and black and white spots on their lower body. Their unique feathers are what earned them the “peacock” in their name.

The males have long, pointed tail feathers that are typically longer than the rest of their bodies, while the females have shorter, rounded tails. The male is more colorful than the hen, allowing him to put on a beautiful display of iridescent plumage for his audience.

You’ll find the Grey Peacock Pheasant to be an attractive, friendly, and chatty bird, with distinctive markings and calls.


These birds do quite well in an aviary setting, provided there is ample shelter and heat for them during the colder months and plenty of shade in the warmer months.


Grey Peacock Pheasants will eat a layer of feed, fruits, greens, seeds, and invertebrates, such as termites, spiders, earthworms, millipedes, and snails. You will also want to provide them with standard game bird feed and a fresh supply of drinking water.



The breeding season begins in March and typically runs through July. Two hens can be paired with one male.


Grey Peacock Pheasants prefer to nest on the ground, so a suitable nesting area should be provided by filling a shallow box or tray with soil or peat moss and placing it in a quiet area of the enclosure.


Once the chicks have hatched, they may require some additional attention to make sure they’re adapting to their new environment and eating a proper amount.