Syrmaticus reevesii (Gray 1829) – Bażant królewski – Reeves's Pheasant


The species is alien in whole area of its occurrence in Poland

Recorded in the wild; casual and non-breeding in the wild

Not invasive alien species

General charactreristics

Description and biology

Males differ from females. Omnivorous

Habitats in native range

Mixed deciduous and coniferous woodland

Impact on native biodiversity and local economy

Habitats in invaded range

Intensively-farmed crops interspersed with strips of natural and/or semi-natural vegetation, mosaic landscapes with a woodland element (bocages) and treeline ecotones

Types of utilisation by humans

  • Regarded as companion/pet animal


Earliest introduction/record

in 2009

Types of transport

  • Intentional transport to Poland

Pathways of introduction

  • Pet / aquarium / terrarium species (including live food for such species)

Type of release into natural environment

  • Escape from confinement

Local dispersal methods

The species does not disperse outside introduction site


  • Castell P. and Castell R. 2009. Breding Birds of the Western Palearctic. Nest, Eggs, Nestlings, Fledglings and Habitats DVD link
  • Collar N.J, Andreev A.V, Chan S., Crosby M.J, Subramanya S., Tobias J.A. 2001. Threatened Birds of Asia: The BirdLife International Red Data Book. link
  • del Hoyo J., Elliott A., Sargatal J. 1994. Handbook of the Birds of the World (Volume 2): New World Vultures to Guineafowl link
  • Ji-Liang Xu, Xiao-Hui Zhang, Quan-Hui Sun, Guang-Mei Zheng, Yong Wang & Zheng-Wang Zhang 2009. Home Range, Daily Movements and Site Fidelity of Male Reeves's Pheasants Syrmaticus reevesii in the Dabie Mountains, Central China Wildlife Biology 15: 338-344.
  • Kruszewicz A. G, Manelski B 2002. Bażanty. Gatunki, pielęgnacja, choroby Multico link

Author(s): Bogdan Rudzionek

Life form: Bird

Phylum: Vertebrata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae

English synonyms: Long tailed Pheasant