Pheasant garden bird

Pheasant

Size: 52-90CM, 20-35INC

The pheasant is an instantly recognisable, elongated-tailed bird that is hunted for sport and is popular all over Britain, and the west and north of Europe. Pheasants are discovered in forests, countryside, marshlands and even reed beds. They are frequently observed, especially first thing in the morning or late evenings, drifting peacefully over gardens in rural locations.

Pheasants were announced into certain areas of Europe, from Asia, over 2000 years ago, and have existed in northern Europe for more than 200 years. Thousands and thousands are freed, for shooting reasons, on country estates all over Britain and their intereproducing can harvest a huge range of colour shapes. Especially appealing is the dark pigmented type, which is not rare in certain locations, where the male has an entire feather covering minus its wings and tail amazingly black, with a deep green shine to the upper parts and a blue-purple shine. Females affected with melanin seem a much darker rufous-brown too.

Female pheasants are highly variable creatures, although basic plumage patterns are similar whatever the colour. They are always smaller and shorter-tailed than the male.

Male pheasants are changeable in their looks too, although the one that mostly come across are the birds with unique white neck collars.

When Pheasants arrive from shelter, they make a lot of noise-crashing and smashing from the bushes, while they cry their distinct quick fire 'kutuk, 'kutuk',' kutuk' as they go. Their flying sequence is short and low towards the ground, with quick waves and lengthy glides.

Females reveal a brown crown and the back of their necks are the same colour with subtle black bars. Their face is brown including a dark disguise that compares with their light, semi-neck collar. Their back, scapular, and inner wing feather cover, backend and wings are inconsistently stained black with a beige base colour, plus their upper tail reveals various black bars, broadly spread out. Their under parts are light brownish-yellow colour, with gloomy stains on the sides and under tail.

The male bird reveals a deep bottle-green head and 'ear tuft' with a noticeable area of red facial skin. It does not have a white neck collar. The the back, scapular, and inner wing feather cover is a rich orange-red colour, unevenly blemished and dotted with cream, black and white. Their backend is grey-brown and elongated prickly tail is deep brown, including copper shades on the external feathers. Their middle feathers reveal a thin, widely spread out bars to their tip.