Pheasant

Scientific name: Phasianus colchicus

Did you know: Pheasants were likely brought to the UK by the Normans in the 11th century. Since then, they have become a quintessential part of the British countryside!

What Do Pheasants Look Like? (how to identify them)

Pheasants are large, long-tailed game birds. Males boast a splendid combination of chestnut, golden-brown, and black markings on their bodies and tails. They have a distinctive dark green head and red face wattling. 

The females, in contrast, are mottled with paler brown and black, blending seamlessly into the undergrowth.

Differences Between Male And Female Pheasants

There is a striking difference between the sexes. Males are more vividly coloured with longer tails and often larger in size compared to the more subdued, camouflaged females.

What Do Pheasants Eat?

Pheasants are omnivorous. Their diet primarily consists of seeds, grains, shoots, and insects. They adapt their diet seasonally, feasting on insects, green shoots, and berries in summer, and mainly seeds and grains during other times of the year.

Where Do Pheasants Live? (inc. migration info)

Originally from Asia, Pheasants have been introduced worldwide. In the UK, they are commonly found across farmlands, woodlands, and even suburban areas. These birds are not migratory and have adapted well to the varied landscapes of Britain.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Pheasants)

Pheasants are known for their unique calls, often compared to the sound of a rusty gate or valve turning. The males’ loud, sharp calls can often be heard echoing through the countryside.

Fun Pheasant Facts (kid friendly)

  • Pheasants are not native to the UK; they were introduced from Asia.
  • Male Pheasants are known for their colourful feathers and long tails.
  • Females are experts in camouflage with their mottled brown feathers.
  • Pheasants can be found almost everywhere in the UK, except for the far north-western regions.
  • They have a varied diet that changes with the seasons.
  • A male Pheasant’s courtship display includes a loud bark and vigorous wing fluttering.
  • Pheasants are mostly reared for game shooting in the UK.
  • These birds roost in trees and can form flocks in winter.
  • The average lifespan of a Pheasant in the wild is 1-2 years.
  • Despite their large size, Pheasants can fly short distances very quickly.

Pheasant Images

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Male
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Female
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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Chick
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Fledgling
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Juvenile

Facts About The Pheasant

Diet: Seeds, grain, shoots and insects.
Bird Family: Pheasants and partridges
Length: 53-89cm
Wingspan: 70-90cm
Weight: 1,000-1,700g (male); 750-1,200g (female)
Scientific Name: Phasianus colchicus

The Pheasant Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December