Length: 19-27 Weight: 1-7 lbs
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.
Native to Asia. Introduced to North America as a game bird, and now resident across much of the northern United States and southern Canada.
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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