Ring-necked pheasant (phasianus colchicus)

January 8, 2009 

The ring-necked pheasant was introduced to Oregon from China in the 1800s and has spread to Nova Scotia and most mid-latitude states. The male is colorful, the female drab. The pheasant is a ground nester and has a wingspan of about three feet. In North Carolina, wild populations exist on some Outer Banks islands.

(Text: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Photo: Roger Hill/Pheasants Forever)

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