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Common Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus


This plump, multicoloured Pheasant seemed quite content on his dry stone wall and didnt even seem concerned when I approached him to take a photo at the start of our walk through Derbyshire seeing as all the snow had gone. The adult male Common Pheasant of the nominate subspecies Phasianus colchicus is 60–89 cm (24–35 in) in length with a long brown streaked black tail, accounting for almost 50 cm (20 in) of the total length. The body plumage is barred bright gold and brown plumage with green, purple and white markings. The head is bottle green with a small crest and distinctive red wattle.


he was seen out on the Derbyshire dales where alot of the land is used for farming and game keeping, the Pheasant is actually native to asia although has been naturalized in most parts of Europe and is one of the worlds most widespread and most hunted birds.

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Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 6 years ago

Thank you Sachin, They are quite common out in the English countryside and can be quite a pest but I always like to see them with all their colours and long tail feathers.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Fabulous Bird,,
never seen in open, thanks for sharing,

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 6 years ago

Thank you very much Small Wonders, I'm glad you think so :)

Small Wonders
Small Wonders 6 years ago

Beautiful bird & photo!

Derbyshire Dales, England, United Kingdom

Lat: 53.23, Long: -1.61

Spotted on Mar 3, 2013
Submitted on Mar 4, 2013

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