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Lady Amherst's Pheasant Taxidermy Mount. 31" x 8.5" x H 15" / About The Bird: The Lady Amherst's pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) is a bird of the order Galliformes and the family Phasianidae. The genus name is from Ancient Greek khrusolophos, "with golden crest". The English name and amherstiae commemorates Sarah Countess Amherst, wife of William Pitt Amherst, Governor General of Bengal, who was responsible for sending the first specimen of the bird to London in 1828. The species is native to southwestern China and far northern Myanmar, but has been introduced elsewhere, and has established a self-supporting, but now believed extinct, feral population in England, the stronghold of which was in West Bedfordshire. Lady Amherst first introduced the ornamental pheasant on her estates, near the Duke of Bedford's Woburn Abbey, where they were also shot for game and the introduced populations in England will interbreed. However since late 2015 the species has been believed to be extinct in the wild in Great Britain with no confirmed sightings since March 2015.

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Lady Amherst's Pheasant Taxidermy Mount

Wed, Jul 18, 2018 6:00 PM GMT
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