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Vietnam Pheasant

Lophura edwardsi

Did you know?

  • They are also known as Vietnamese pheasants.
  • In 2016, Vietnamese pheasant chicks hatched, a first at the Saint Louis Zoo.
  • Chicks have golden brown plumage.
  • Adults are about half the size of wild turkeys, with the male having distinctive all-black plumage with a blue gloss and metallic fringes, white crest and red skin around the eyes.
  • The females are generally chestnut-brown with no crest.

Water Fowl

This is the only species of pheasant that loves the rain.


Females lay up to seven eggs per clutch and can lay up to three clutches per year!

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild

Critically endangered

The Vietnam Pheasant faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.




Damp mountainous forests, lowland forests and vine-covered hillsides

We care about Vietnam pheasants

The Saint Louis Zoo supports Vietnam pheasants at the Bird House and Bird Garden.

Find this animal in Historic Hill


Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor of the 1920s in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.

Explore Historic Hill