Step into the Bloedel Conservatory and you are immediately transported into a tropical world of lush exotic greenery. Plants range from miniature orchids to towering Dragon trees and ancient cycads to Lollipop plants. But what really brings the the jungle experience to the top of Little Mountain? It’s free flying birds with their chirping and chattering and carrying on. You can watch them for hours, but it’s the Chinese Pheasants that never fail to ‘Wow’ visitors.
Two pheasants live at the Conservatory (also called Golden pheasants or Red Golden pheasants). Their kind are native to the mountainous regions of western China. And while there are 35 types of pheasants throughout the world, 27 of those species are on the rare and endangered list due to over hunting and habitat loss. Yes, believe it or not, these beautiful creatures were once considered game birds!
Chinese pheasants can fly, but these at Bloedel prefer to leisurely strut along the pathways – often with a troop of young visitors not far behind. Occasionally both birds will end up in the same place at the same time with a standoff quick to follow.
Feather patterns and colours are stunning on these 3 1/2 foot long birds. You won’t be at the conservatory for long before a flash of red or yellow in the foliage will catch your eye. Get your cameras ready! You’ll soon be happily moving over to make way for these fantastic pheasants.