Alerts

Please note February 3rd to February 4th 2023, Zoomobile may be experiencing closures and delays due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Please note that due to the cold temperatures expected, the Conservation Carousel will be closed on Saturday, February 4.

Please also note our Zoomobile will now be taking an alternate route through the Eurasia Wilds and will no longer be travelling through the Eurasia Drive Thru.


Please note the following animals that may not be viewable at this time:

Americas Pavilion
Two-toed sloth, golden lion tamarin, white-faced saki, river otter, Eastern loggerhead shrike, and black-footed ferret are all currently not viewable due to habitat maintenance.

Eurasia Wilds
The Stellar Sea Eagles are currently not viewable.

Canadian Domain: 
Closed for the season.

African Savanna:
Some animals may not be viewable due to decreasing temperatures.

Kids Zoo
Closed for the season.


Saturday, February 25 - Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause 5K/1K Run/Walk

Please be advised that your Toronto Zoo and Canada Running Series will be hosting the Move Your Paws for the Polar Bear Cause 5K/1K Run/Walk at the Zoo on February 25th to raise funds for the Toronto Zoo Wildlife Conservancy and polar bear conservation. 

Please note the following operational impacts:

  • For their well-being, some animals along the Move Your Paws route may be delayed going out on habitat in the morning. Guests may experience slight delays on other pathways as the run finishes and the race route is cleared. 
    • Tundra Trek: Caribou will not be visible and the path to the Caribou habitat will be closed for the entire day
  • Zoomobile: Begins operating at 11:45 am
Malayan Crested Fireback Pheasant
Malayan Crested Fireback Pheasant
Bird

Location at the Zoo:
Indo-Malaya
Region: Indomalaya


Malayan crested fireback pheasant

The crested fireback is a medium sized forest pheasant. The male measures from 65 to 70 cm weighing between 1812 and 2605 g. The female is somewhat smaller at 57 cm weighing up to 1600 g. They have distinctive crests and impressive facial decorations that play an important role in courtship displays. The male has a vivid blue facial skin and wattle, a bushy black crest and dark, purplish blue plumage with a reddish brown rump and a deep red lower back. The tail is white with black outer feathers. The female is a brown bird with spotted black and white flanks. It also has blue facial skin but a brown, somewhat shorter crest.

Conservation Status: IUCN




Distribution:

Lophura ignita is found in Peninsular and East Malaysia, south Myanmar, south Thailand, and Indonesia i.e. Sumatra and Kalimantan.

Habitat:

They inhabit primarily old growth forests often near rivers and streams but have also been recorded in logged, disturbed, and secondary forests ranging from lowland locations up to 1000 m above sea level. They are not known to inhabit swamp forests.

Diet:

Their diet consists mostly of leaves, plants, seeds, fruits such as figs, and a variety of insects.

Reproduction:

Despite its relatively wide distribution, little is known about the breeding habits of this pheasant. Creamy white eggs have been found between April and July (in Indonesia); clutch size between four and eight eggs. The incubation period is estimated to be 24 days. The chicks resemble the female in colour but with black spots on the upper wing coverts. The male tends to be darker than the female and starts assuming a dull version of the adult plumage when four months old. It attains full adult male plumage after one year but does not mature fully until into its third year.

Adaptation:

The crested fireback pheasant is quite a shy bird, not easily found or observed. It is suggested that it is fairly mobile within a defined area using different parts every few days. It communicates with a croaking call, followed by a shrill chirp.

Threats to Survival:

Populations may well total over 100,000 individuals but is it is suspected that these numbers are declining continuously. Lowland forest habitats are being severely threatened by agricultural development, cash crop plantations, and logging. In addition, this colourful pheasant is being hunted for food and sport. They can tolerate selective logging: as they have been observed in logged and secondary forests but the limit for their accepting habitat alterations is not known. They are now endangered in peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. Their numbers seem to have stabilized in Indonesia, however; they are not protected by Indonesian law.