Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus (Linnaeus, 1758)

Male Pheasants are more colourful than females with black, blue, brown, cream, green, grey, orange, pink, red and white coloured feathers. While females have brown, cream and white coloured feathers. They both have yellow and brown, short and curved beaks and brown legs. They are 53 - 89 cm long and males weigh 1000 - 1700 g. Females weigh 750 - 1200 g and they both have an average wingspan of 70 - 90 cm wide. (rspb)

Pheasant

Identification

Male Pheasants are more colourful than females with black, blue, brown, cream, green, grey, orange, pink, red and white coloured feathers. While females have brown, cream and white coloured feathers. They both have yellow and brown, short and curved beaks and brown legs. They are 53 - 89 cm long and males weigh 1000 - 1700 g. Females weigh 750 - 1200 g and they both have an average wingspan of 70 - 90 cm wide. (rspb)

ORDER

Galliformes

FAMILY

Phasianidae

TYPE

Pheasants and partridges

Widespread across the UK, except parts of the far north west of Scotland. Most common in farmland and woodland, avoiding urban areas.

Grassland, farmland, woodland, gardens

They usually eat seeds, insects, grain and shoots.

They can be seen all year round

MONTHS - SEASONALITY
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LATIN NAME

Phasianus colchicus

LENGTH (CM)

70-88

WINGSPAN (CM)

80

WEIGHT (G)

980-1400

AVERAGE LIFESPAN (YRS)

1-2

CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Amber: moderate conservation concern
  • Green: low conservation concern
  • Introduced: non-native species
  • Red: high conservation concern

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