Bird Species of the World's Boreal Forests


Phasianus colchicus
Ring-necked Pheasant


Distinguishing Features - The Ring-necked Pheasant is unlike in appearance with any other game bird in the world. The colourful male with a 40 - 45 cm long tapered tail, a rooster-like bill and spurred tarsus is a striking bird. The white ring around the neck varies in depth and is sometimes lacking. Females are quite different with dark spotted, pale-brownish overall colouration.

Ring-necked Pheasant Habitat

A native from the Ukraine, east to central Asia to Manchuria and southern China; introduced and widely established in Europe, the United States and southern Canada. It prefers farmland with fields of grain near shrub cover, woodland and marsh edges.


Primarily grains, seeds, berries; also insects.


Populations introduced from several sub-species are now mingled and composite in this species only.

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