How to identify

A smaller bird than their more familiar counterpart, the Pheasant. The male's colourful appearance – a yellow crown and lower back, dark wings and upper neck, red underparts and finely striped tail – means it's also known as the Rainbow Pheasant. The female is paler brown than a female pheasant. It's a shy bird, keeping to dark, dense woodland. It roosts in trees at night.


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
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