A Very Elegant Bird

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Ring-necked pheasant male and female on snowbanks.

You can learn more about the beautiful, stately pheasant at the following link:

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ring-necked_Pheasant/lifehistory

The Ring-necked Pheasant was introduced into North America from Asia and is established over much of the continent, especially in agricultural lands. It is a distinctive and colorful species and is a popular game bird.

Cool Facts

  • In very bad weather, pheasants are known to stay on a roost for several days without eating.
  • Pheasants practice “harem-defense polygyny” where one male keeps other males away from a small group of females during the breeding season.
  • Across the native range, about 34 races of the species are recognized. The Green Pheasant race is sometimes considered a different species. Multiple introductions of different races have been made in North America.

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This male pheasant is strutting his “stuff.”

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The female and male are scavenging the carp carcasses.

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I love the contrast of this stately male pheasant coming up over the white snowbank.

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In this photo the pheasant and the gulls are joint partners in the scavenger hunt for the dead carp.

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I love this photo of the pheasant and the gulls together.

It looks like the pheasant is “crossing his heart” with his legs or he really has to use the restroom. LOL!

Which do you think it is?

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This is a favorite picture of mine.  You really have to look hard to see which tail is which?

I love the illusion of this photograph.

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