Ring-Necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

Also known as “Common Pheasant”, this non-native bird is now widespread in the USA. Their native range is in Asia and parts of Europe, but introductions throughout the rest of Europe and in North America have established them, to the point many now accept them as native. Virtually not of the introduced population is purebred and have been described as a stereotyped hybrid swarm.

The flamboyant colors and behaviours of these birds endear them to most observers. More often the crowing calls of the cock pheasants will reveal their presence before they give themselves to the eye.

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