While driving down the drive-way we spotted about 9 male pheasants scratching around one of the pastures.  By the time we got home, I grabbed my camera and headed back down the road most of them were gone.  The few remaining ones didn’t hang out for very long…

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Cool Facts

  • Pheasants, along with most members of the grouse family, have specialized, powerful breast muscles—the “white meat” that you find on a chicken. These muscles deliver bursts of power that allow the birds to escape trouble in a hurry, flushing nearly vertically into the air and reaching speeds of nearly 40 miles per hour.
  • While the birds normally don’t cover more than about 600 feet at a time, strong winds can extend their flights considerably. Observers in 1941 reported seeing a pheasant fly a record four miles while crossing a body of water.
  • Male Ring-necked Pheasants may harass other ground-nesting birds, such as the Gray Partridge and the Greater Prairie-Chicken. Female pheasants sometimes lay their own eggs in these birds’ nests. This may explain why some male pheasants have been seen chasing away male prairie-chickens and courting females—the pheasants may have been raised in prairie-chicken nests and imprinted on the wrong species.
  • Ring-necked Pheasants sometimes cope with extreme cold by simply remaining dormant for days at a time.
  • Pheasants practice “harem-defense polygyny” where one male keeps other males away from a small group of females during the breeding season.

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6 comments on “Pheasants…

  1. pattisj says:

    Interesting facts about the pheasant, they look so elegant and graceful.

  2. Gunilla says:

    Beautiful birds!

  3. Arija says:

    Funny the way birds tend to disappear when you have a camera in hand. At least you got some shots. I normally don’t move without it.

  4. margaret says:

    Hi Erin. Great post both photos and information. Thanks.

  5. Super excellent species….they’re so attractive and so scarce. You’ve shared an awesome set of images.

  6. Love the colouring round the neck of these birds. The green is so rich and luminous. Lovely photos.

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