Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) Phasianidae
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Specimen courtesy of the Slater Museum
Photo by Robert Niese
Pheasants are native to Asia, but they have been introduced by European hunters to nearly every continent as a game bird. Here in North America, they have done particularly well and stable populations can be found throughout the plains and northern states and Canada. In spite of being considered a pest in much of their range, the males have strikingly ornate plumage and they are loved by millions (they even have their own advocacy organization!).