Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

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Exceptionally long, pointed tail sets pheasant apart from other chicken-like birds. Typical male is beautifully patterned in orange, gold, and gray, with red facial skin and an obvious white ring around the neck. Green subspecies, endemic to Japan, is no less beautiful and very distinctive with entirely iridescent emerald body and pale aqua-colored rump and shoulder. Females are entirely buffy-brown with intricate spotted and scalloped pattern. Inhabits fields, hedgerows, and brushy areas. Native to Asia and now well-established across much of Europe, North America, and New Zealand.

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