In many Asian countries, exotic wildlife attracts, not to view but to feast. Many eat exotic wildlife for various superstitious beliefs. And China was where Roger Moo a.k.a. cactus400D had his first encounter with the slaughter of the extremely beautiful Golden (Chrysolophus pictus) and Lady Amherst’s Pheasants (C. amherstiae) for food (above).
It was on the road to Zhangjiajie in the province of Hunan that he encountered a row of shops offering these peasants as well as a hog badger (Arctonyx collaris).
He also saw another bird offered to tourists – Chinese Bamboo-partridge (Bambusicola thoracica) (above). This bird is native to the bamboo forests of South China and Taiwan. Although not globally threatened, it is becoming uncommon in China through habitat destruction and over hunting.
For US$50 or thereabout, you can have a pheasant prepared and cooked on the spot. A partridge no doubt would cost less (above).
This post is a cooperative effort between www.naturepixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.
Hog badger identified by Haniman from the image shown in the earlier post.
Hi..The name’s HANIMAN.Not Hainaman.That sounds like a province in China =)..Anyways live Chinese Bamboo partridge worth a lot in the international market. In the Middle East, aviculturists there are willing to pay up to US$200 each to have them in their collection.
Apologies… Pity, that people are eating the partridge.
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