Ring-necked Pheasant Photo Gallery
More often than not hikers will catch a glimpse of a Ring-necked Pheasant they accidentally spooked along a grasslands trail. In the spring keep an eye out for males presenting themselves to prospective mates.
What does the Ring-necked Pheasant look like?
Ring-necked Pheasants are large chicken-like gamebirds. They have stocky bodies, long necks, small heads and long tapered tails. Males are showy, with red faces, metallic green necks that have bold white rings. Their bodies are shades of copper brown with black barring. Females are buff brown with dark spots and lack the colorful head and neck.
Ring-necked Pheasant Habitat
Ring-necked Pheasant Facts
Ring-necked Pheasants are a popular gamebird in the United States. They were introduced from Asia and quickly spread across the country. They blend in well with their surroundings, thus can be difficult to spot. Hatchlings are extremely active and leave the nest almost immediately to follow the mother and feed. Males have a "crow" call that sounds somewhat similar to a domestic rooster. They call the most at dawn and dusk. Their powerful breast muscles allow them to burst into the air at speeds in excess of 40 miles per hour.