Conservation status: Introduced
A large, long-tailed gamebird. Males have rich chestnut, golden-brown and black markings on body and tail, with a dark green head and red face wattling. Females are mottled with paler brown and black. They were introduced to the UK long ago and more recent introductions have brought in a variety of races and breeds for sport shooting.
Pheasant - male
Pheasant - female
Partridges, quails, pheasants and allies (Phasianidae)
Where to see them
Across most of the UK, apart from the far north and west of Scotland. Least common in upland and urban. Usually seen in the open countryside near woodland edges, copses and hedgerows.
When to see them
All year round
What they eat
Seeds, grain and shoots.
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