Chrysolophus Gray, Ill. Ind. Zool., ii, pl. 41, fig. 2 (1833).
Type, Phasianus pictus Linn.
The genus Chrysolophus contains two species, the well-known Golden Pheasant and the Amherst Pheasant, the latter of which just comes into the extreme North-East of our area.
The distinguishing feature of the male is the curious cape-like arrangement of feathers rising from the neck and hanging over the neck and extreme upper back: there is also a true crest of hairy feathers.
The tail is composed of 18 feathers and is of very great length, the central pair being four times as long as the outermost; the wings are rounded, the first shortest and shorter than the tenth, and the fifth longest; the tarsi are long and stout and armed with short blunt spurs in the male.