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