Baking: Ring-necked Pheasant

 

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Phasianus colchicus

Length: 19-27 Weight: 1-7 lbs

Identification:

Male red and orange overall with white collar, red face, and long barred tail feathers. Female light brown to gray, with long tail feathers, shorter than male.

RNEP

Distribution: 

Native to Asia. Introduced to North America as a game bird, and now resident across much of the northern United States and southern Canada.

Cool Facts:

The species name colchicus  comes from the Latin “of Colchis,” referring to the country along the Black Sea where pheasants were first observed by Europeans.

The Ring-necked Pheasant is the state bird of South Dakota; only two other state birds are not native to the United States.

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References:

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