Female © Sean Williams
Male © xiwen CHEN
Female © Harold Ziolkowski
Male © Marie-Lise Beaudin
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Female © Benjamin Hack
Male © Matt Davis
Female and juvenile © Kelly Preheim
Male © Tim Lenz

Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

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This long-tailed game bird is native to Asia and has been introduced in many other parts of the world. Male has fleshy, red facial wattles, iridescent blue neck, and richly colored red and golden underparts with dark spots; his namesake white neck ring is indistinct on some birds. Female is buffy-brown, heavily marked with black, and usually shows some white markings around the eye. In much of its introduced range, including North America, there are no similar species. Elsewhere, note male’s blue neck and heavily spotted body, and female’s spotted or chevroned (not barred) underparts and mostly plain face lacking strong red markings. Found in farmland, scrub, and along the edge of forest, and often gives a loud, abrupt rasping call that draws attention to its presence. Japanese birds are now treated as a separate species, Green Pheasant.