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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Genus:Phasianus
Genus species:Phasianus colchicus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:76-91 cm
Identification:The ring-necked pheasant has a long, pointed tail. The male has a red eye patch, a green head, a white neck ring, and a brown and russet patterned body. The female is a mottled sandy-brown color.
Habitat:Farmland, marsh edges, brushland
Diet:Omnivore: grains, seeds, green shoots, buds, roots, berries, insects, spiders, earthworms, snails
Reproduction:Ring-necked pheasants are polygamous breeders. Females build their nests in dense ground cover. Several females may share a single nest. A clutch consists of 10-12 eggs that are incubated for 23-28 days. Even though the chicks can feed themselves shortly after hatching, they remain with their mother for 10-12 weeks.
In the winter, males form small groups while females gather in larger flocks.
Behavior:Usually feeding on the ground, ring-necked pheasants use their bills or feet to dig for food.
Status:No special status

Other Information

Geographic:Central North America
Southern Europe
Central Europe
Date:1958-1988 Subjects:upland ground bird
Ring-necked pheasant
Common pheasant
Phasianus
Pheasants
Phasianidae
Galliformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata