Diard’s Fireback is another name for Siamese Fireback Pheasant. The scientific name is a tribute to the French naturalist Pierre-Médard Diard. The name ‘fireback’ refers to the yellow plumage which is seen in the middle of the back. These Pheasants inhabit dense evergreen, semi-evergreen and bamboo forest areas as well as scrub areas in plains and foothills.
Pheasants need to receive the correct nutrients, vitamins and minerals in their diet to stay healthy and productive. When feeding cracked corn or peas, it is recommended to use PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Feeder's ½-inch regulator disc to feed these pheasants. If feeding corn, the 1-inch regulator disc can be used. The opening ensures the easy flow of feed. It is wide enough to regulate the flow and it does not clog up the feed.
The male Siamese fireback is showy with its unusually long crest of purplish black feathers, which reaches up to 9 cm in length. The breast, neck and upper back are mostly grey with very fine vermiculations and the belly and head are black with the head decorated with large scarlet-red facial wattles. The female is also quite different in appearance from other Lophura hens. They have black upper wings and central tail feathers, boldly barred with buffy white. The plumage is mostly bright chestnut-red and the head is grayish-brown with smaller red facial wattles than the male and there is no visible crest.
Easy birds to look after, Siamese Firebacks are fun to watch as the males of this species love to put on a good display. They eat many invertebrates, fruits and berries. If in captivity, they prefer an omnivorous diet with mealworms being their favorite food.