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Ring-necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus

Description:

Ring-necked Pheasants stride across open fields and weedy roadsides in the U.S. and southern Canada. Males sport iridescent copper-and-gold plumage, a red face, and a crisp white collar; their rooster-like crowing can be heard from up to a mile away. The brown females blend in with their field habitat. Introduced to the U.S. from Asia in the 1880s, pheasants quickly became one of North America’s most popular upland game birds. Watch for them along roads or bursting into flight from brushy cover. (Cornell)

Notes:

While doing the Audubon Christmas Bird Count I noticed this pheasant feeding on fruit from an ornamental tree directly in front of a house. I took a few photos from the car until eventually the pheasant realized I was there and it ran off.

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34 Comments (1–25)

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Thanks Lauren and Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Congrats Tom. Stunning photo.

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Congratulations Tom, beautiful picture, almost like a painting! I love their tail feathers.

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Thanks for all the nice comments! Everything worked out well to get this picture. The car substitutes as a nice blind and when I first saw the pheasant, it was towards the back of the tree and behind many berries. After a few minutes it came out like this in the front and must have eventually heard the shutter on my camera going like crazy and then it ran off.

Maria dB
Maria dB 7 years ago

Beautiful bird and shot - congratulations!

Congratulations !

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 7 years ago

Nice:) Glad that you stayed unnoticed for the shot.

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Congratulations! Beautiful spot.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Congrats Tom!!

albear1960
albear1960 7 years ago

Wonderful shot and lucky you to have this beauty spotted right outside your house!

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 7 years ago

congratulations Tom!beautiful one!

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 7 years ago

Nice Tom! Congrats!

Congrats again on the SOTD Tom,very well deserved

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 7 years ago

wow what a gorgeous picture. congrats Tom really nice.

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 7 years ago

Congrats Tom! Once again, very well deserved!

Arya
Arya 7 years ago

Beautiful

AshleyT
AshleyT 7 years ago

Congrats Tom! Beautiful photo, jealous I can't find one!

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Congratulations Tom on your SOTD

KarenL
KarenL 7 years ago

Congratulations Tom, your colorful pheasant is Spotting of the Day!

Native to China and East Asia, these colorful birds have been introduced to North America and other parts of the world.

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Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Thanks Kathleen and Tiz!

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Amazing Tom!

Beautiful!

Tom15
Tom15 7 years ago

Ava and António, that's a good idea. I think I will make a card out of this picture. Thanks for all the nice comments.

bg11a17
bg11a17 7 years ago

Amazing!

Iam with Ava Tom :-) the perfect spotting for the occasion,very good photo,congrats and thanks for sharing

Tom15
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Tom15

Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Dec 15, 2013
Submitted on Dec 17, 2013

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