In Praise of Pheasants

They do look good even if…

…we introduced them and they really belong somewhere else, more exotic. This is the season of male Pheasants looking their most gaudy and attractive. Hormones roaring they are also more approachable and more aggressive (towards other males)- seemingly sometimes oblivious of humans. Here are a few of the different plumages I have encountered in the  last week or so mostly in the Sheffield area. Just for fun! I found roughly 4 different types. Though I hardly know anything about this subject at all, just interested in the variety. I have also seen those all dark greeny- black males in the Sheffield area which are not however true ‘Green Pheasants’ Phasianus versicolor.

  • Caucasus Pheasants, Phasianus colchicus colchicus group
  • Tarim Pheasants, Phasianus colchicus tarimensis group
  • Chinese Ring-necked Pheasants, Phasianus colchicus torquatus group
  • Mongolian Ring-necked Pheasant, Phasianus colchicus mongolicus group

This one looks very cool  and seems to fit ‘Tarim Pheasant’, tarimensis group.

Close to the original Caucasus Pheasants, colchicus group , though needs to lose the neck-ring which I guess indicates mixed genes with Chinese/ Mongolian Ring-necked groups.

Blue rump and pale wing coverts, with big white neck ring  seems bit more of Chinese Ring-necked Pheasants, torquatus group?

A couple of fighting males with mixed-up plumage characters from different groups I guess.

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1 Response to In Praise of Pheasants

  1. Dean Nicholson says:

    Not that i usually take much notice of Pheasants but apparently these birds not only look different but act different too, my local keeper recently told me that the birds with grey in the rumps and wings (called ‘Silverbacks’ to the shooting fraternity) are pretty much avoided if possible due to them flushing much earlier and flying further and higher away than the other ‘forms’, to emphasise the point he said if “we flush this one now it won’t stop till it gets to Skeggy”….we were near Gainsborough at the time!

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