British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide
Description - The Ring-Necked Pheasant is larger
than a chicken. The tail is long and pointed, that of
the female's being shorter than the male's. The male has
a red eye patch, a brilliant green head and a white neck
ring; the body of both sexes is a soft brown pattern with
an iridescent russet. The call of the Ring-Necked Pheasant
is a loud crowing followed by a resonant beating of the
wings; when the pheasant is alarmed it flies off with
a loud cackle.
Distribution - The Ring-Necked Pheasant prefers farmlands,
pastures and grassy woodland edges. Although native to
Asia, it occurs in British Columbia, south from the interior.
It is concentrated in a band in the central plains of
Biology - Adult Ring-Necked Pheasants feed on berries,
seeds, buds and leaves; chicks feed largely on insects.
They get by with a minimum of cover, often nesting on
the outskirts of cities. The nest is in a grass-lined
depression hidden in dense grass or weeds and contains
6 to 15 buff-olive eggs.