Background

The male pheasant is an unmistakable bird with a bronze body with black and white marks. The head is blue-green in colour with red facial patches surrounding the eyes. Female pheasants are a lot less colourful, being light brown, with dark brown and white patches.

Habitat

Pheasants are primarily found within farmlands, open woodlands and heaths/scrubs. These birds inhabit the entirety of Britain and most of Europe. Pheasants are not found within Italy nor the northern parts of Scandinavia.

Diet

The diet of pheasants consists of leaves, insects, seeds and worms.

Predators & Threats

Pheasants are a prey species for foxes, hawks and owls. Raccoons and skunks feed on the eggs.

Facts

  • When threatened these birds can fly upto 60mph.
  • Female pheasants, called hens, can lay 12 eggs at a time.
  • Male roosters can have a harem of 5-7 hens.

 

Common Name(s)Scientific Name
PheasantPhasianus colchicus
Size
 Males: 85 cm. Females: 50-55 cm.
Lifespan
 Males: 10 months. Females: 1.5 years.

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Pheasant