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Pheasants Facts

Let's forget for a couple of minutes about hunting these birds and focus a little bit on some of the most interesting pheasant facts:

- They are native to China and were brought across the Pacific in 1881 by Judge Owen Nickerson Denny in an initial batch of 30 birds. Four of them did not make it until the end;

- The average weight of a hen is about 2 to 2.5 pounds, while the average weight of a rooster is around 3.5 - 4 pounds;

- In North America, between 1941 and 1945, the populations of the pheasant boomed, mostly because there were very few hunters, as most of them were involved in the World War II. After the war was over, things went back to normal;

- Survival-mild winter, poor habitat: 80%, survival-severe winter, poor habitat: 20%;

- They can reach speeds up to 70 mph while flying;

- Through the largest part of the growing season, these birds can survive on moisture, and they eat insects, along with the the morning dew on the vegetation;

- While they lay eggs, the hen will seek out calcium and protein. The diet in this case contains 10 times more calcium in comparison to the diet of a rooster;

Now, here are a few ringneck pheasant facts that are also available for the standard species:

- "Phasianus colchicus torquatus" is the Latin name for the ringneck pheasant. Phasianus was the name of a river in Europe where in the past significant populations of pheasants lived, and lends itself to the modern English name for the bird. "Colchicus" was the Latin name of the zone near the river. Torquatus, which is loosely translated from latin, means "adorned with a collar";

- There are quite a few rare mutations in these birds that will cause them to be mottled, or even completely black, or on the contrary, albino. However, the probability to see such an oddly-colored pheasant is reduced;

- During summertime, chicks usually eat lots of insects, while the adults prefer weed seeds;

- The ringnecked pheasants are capable of staying on a roost for several days without eating anything, if the weather is very bad;

- Probably one of the most popular pheasants facts is that these birds are widely known for the fact that they do not migrate as they stay relatively local throughout the entire year;

- Their annual survival rate is very low, standing at 30%; even worse than that is that only 2-3% of the population manages to live to the age of three, regardless if they are hunted or not;

- There are many ways in which you can call a group of pheasants: trip, plump, brace, bouqet;

- The males that are breeding will keep other males away from a small group of females during the breeding season. This practice is also known as "harem-defense polygyny";

- Other ring necked pheasant facts that are worth mentioning regarding the fact that these types of birds are very well adapted for living on the ground and they will fly only when there are no other means of surviving. Its powerful leg muscles enables it to swiftly retreat to cover, taking 18 up to 24-inch strides;

- When threatened, these birds will most likely burst into flight with a rapid flurry of short wing beats. They will rise a short distance, locking their wings and gliding into protective cover. After landing, they will do a couple of quick strides in order to make sure that they have escaped;

In the end, a few golden pheasant facts:

- While the male has plenty of exotic plumage and enjoys showing it off, the female has muted feathers and a dull personality;

- The tail of a golden pheasant can account for two thirds of its overall body length;

- While faced with the threat of predators, these birds have great survival instincts: jumping upwards in just a few seconds and catching speed in a fast manner;

- In recent years, there have been many mutations and now there are quite a few variants of the golden pheasant, like the Salmon, Yellow, Snowflake, Cinnamon and Dark-throated.