There is no denying it, the Lady Amherst's Pheasant is a stunning bird and among ground fowl would have to rate as one of the prettiest. I remember being taken by their beauty when I first saw them as a child.
Unfortunately, over the years since importation, a number of strains have been hybridised with the Golden Pheasant, leaving a question mark over the purity of many birds. I vividly remember observing the Amherst's that featured for many years in the collection of Craig McFawn during his time at Oakville, NSW; these birds were as pure as they came and absolutely gorgeous specimens. We can only hope that some of those who were lucky enough to acquire some of Craig's magnificent birds have kept them going and have maintained the dedication towards keeping them pure. Craig maintained an incredible collection of ground and waterfowl at Oakville, it truly was a credit to him, and I feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to visit on many occasions.
Are there many ground fowl breeders still keeping and breeding these beautiful birds? What would their current status in Australian aviculture be? And what percentage would be pure?