Dave Zabel – Bird Chairman
Pheasants are brilliantly colored birds related to domestic fowl and peacock. English, Chinese ring-necked (Phasianus colchicus) and Mongolian pheasants have all been introduced into North America, but the ring-necked pheasant has been the most successful.
The male ring-necked pheasant weighs 2.5 to 4.5 pounds and has red, gold, buff, brown, blue and black plumage, typically with a white ring about the neck. Females are smaller and less brilliantly colored.