Explore the pheasant specimens in the Hintze Hall display.
About the display
The large-scale cabinets on the first-floor balcony of Hintze Hall showcase nature's diversity in four spectacular displays.
The Phasianidae, or pheasant family, consist of more than 150 species including pheasants, tragopans, junglefowl and peafowl. They are found throughout Africa and southeast Asia, while around the world, chickens, turkeys, partridges and quails have been domesticated by humans.
Sexual dimorphism is strong in this group, with males tending to have more brightly coloured and elaborate plumage than females.
Pheasants are one of the most threatened groups of birds in the world, as many species face extinction from habitat loss and hunting by humans. Nature reserves and captive breeding programmes are used to protect endangered species.
Check out the other displays in this series:
Explore more birds from the Museum's collection in the Birds gallery.