It is named after the French ornithologist Alphonse Milne-Edwards and first described to science in 1896. Since 2012 the Edwards’s pheasant has been uplisted to Critically Endangered by BirdLife International, having suffered from deforestation, hunting and the use of defoliants during the Vietnam War. The population is currently believed to number between 50 and 249 birds in the wild, mostly of the nominate form, but it is doing well in captivity.
Diet: Fruit, insects, spiders and invertebrates.
Status in the wild: This species is considered to be of critically endangered in conservation status.