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Ring-necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus


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)


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 9 years ago

Thanks Lauren and Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Congrats Tom. Stunning photo.

LaurenZarate 9 years ago

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

Tom15 9 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 9 years ago

Beautiful bird and shot - congratulations!

Congratulations !

gatorfellows 9 years ago

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

RiekoS 9 years ago

Congratulations! Beautiful spot.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 9 years ago

Congrats Tom!!

albear1960 9 years ago

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

Chamalka Dulmini
Chamalka Dulmini 9 years ago

congratulations Tom!beautiful one!

LarryGraziano 9 years ago

Nice Tom! Congrats!

Congrats again on the SOTD Tom,very well deserved

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 9 years ago

wow what a gorgeous picture. congrats Tom really nice.

EmilyMarino 9 years ago

Congrats Tom! Once again, very well deserved!

Arya 9 years ago


AshleyT 9 years ago

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

MacChristiansen 9 years ago

Congratulations Tom on your SOTD

KarenL 9 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.


Tom15 9 years ago

Thanks Kathleen and Tiz!

Tiz 9 years ago

Amazing Tom!


Tom15 9 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 9 years ago


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

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Massachusetts, USA

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

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