The Bird of Autumn Blaze
Not much is known of Zarundy's Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus zarudnyi, both in the wild as well as in captivity. As a result, they are extremely rare in captivity, compared to other pheasants. As far as how they are doing in the wild...well...the IUCN doesn't even register the species in their database! They are a species of True Pheasants, just like the Ringneck Pheasant, i.e. Phasianus colchicus torquatus. Zarundy Pheasants are part of the white-winged True Pheasants.
Nonetheless, they are of such intriguing beauty. The males display deep blues, greens, and purple from their crown, mantle, neck, and upper breast. At that point, you'll find orange feathers laced with purple. The abdomen is orange with a purple underbelly. The side feathers are orange, mottled with either purple or green. Their backs are orange to a fiery copper, ending in a fiery copper saddle. You can imagine how they stand out during a New England Autumn! The colorful leaves only compliment the stunning males. Zarundy Pheasant females, of course, are more subdued but still interesting. They get almost a puma-like appearance with their contrasting feather patterns.
As far as animal husbandry — Zarundy Pheasants are fairly easy to care for and make a good addition to any aviary, whether you are a hobbyist or conservationalist. If you have a few plantings and some areas where they could have some "alone time," the Zarundy Pheasants will find themselves at peace. (Photos by Steve Keller).
Well Planted Aviaries Required
A well-planted aviary with bushes and tall grass would help keep Zarundy Pheasants happy.
Alert and Active Demeanor
Zarundy Pheasants aren't as flighty or timid as Japanese Green pheasants, but they will still burst in flight if threatened.
For the Beginner Aviculturist
Because of their behavior and that fertility is generally good, Zarundy Pheasants are good for those new to aviculture.