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Common Pheasant

(Phasianus colchicus)
Alternate name(s): "Ring-necked Pheasant"
German name(s): "Jagdfasan", "Fasan"

Size: 70-90 cm (male, incl. tail 35-45 cm);
55-70 cm (female, incl. tail 20-25 cm);
wing span 70-90 cm
Weight: 1.4-1.5 kg (male); 1.1-1.4 kg (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Pheasant at Wikipedia (or the German Fasan ).

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Introduced hybrids

ADULT

MALE

Near-frontal view of a male Common Pheasant of the "torquatus" group; note the white neck band (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Near-frontal view of a male Common Pheasant (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Near-lateral view of a male Common Pheasant posturing to issue its call (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Lateral portrait of a male Common Pheasant (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Lateral view of a male Common Pheasant on a wheat field (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Lateral view of a resting male Common Pheasant (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Near-dorsal view of a male Common Pheasant (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Dorsal view of a male Common Pheasant (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Texel, Netherlands, April 2014]

Dorsal view of a male Common Pheasant flapping its wings (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

FEMALE

Pair of Common Pheasants foraging in open grassland; male on the right, female on the left (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Dorsal view of a female Common Pheasant (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, July 2016]

Pair of Common Pheasants foraging in open grassland; male on the right, female on the left (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

Pair of Common Pheasants foraging in open grassland; male on the left, female on the right (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, May 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a male Common Pheasant moulting into its first adult plumage, with a female behind (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[River Bug, near Brok, Masovia, Poland, September 2016]

Food, Diet

Male Common Pheasant feeding on wheat grains that have not germinated (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Male Common Pheasant feeding on wheat grains that have not germinated (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, April 2016]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

phesant_dw_20160613.mp3 (Poland) Male territorial call(?) © DW

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