This is a male seen in Doode Bemde, near St-Jori-Weert (April, 2011). Males are 60–89 cm in length with a long brown streaked black tail, accounting for almost 50 cm of the total length. The body is barred bright gold or fiery copper-red and chestnut-brown with irredescent sheen of green and purple. The wing coverage is white or cream and black-barred markings are common on the tail. The head is blue to bottle green with a small crest and distinctive red wattle.
The Common Pheasant , is a bird in the pheasant family . It is native to Asia and has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. In parts of its range, namely in places where none of its relatives occur such as in Europe , it is simply known as the "pheasant". Ring-necked Pheasant is both the name used for the species as a whole in North America and also the collective name for a number of subspecies and their intergrades which have white neck rings.
The word ''pheasant'' is derived.. more