<< Previous Next >>

pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Photo Information
Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-11-24 13:11
Viewed: 1429
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The common pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) is a bird in the pheasant family (Phasianidae). It is native to Asia and has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. In parts of its range, namely in places where none of its relatives occur such as in Europe (where it is naturalized), it is simply known as the "pheasant". Ring-necked pheasant is both the name used for the species as a whole in North America and also the collective name for a number of subspecies and their intergrades which have white neck rings.

The word pheasant is derived from the ancient town of Phasis, the predecessor of the modern port city of Poti in Western Georgia.

It is a well-known gamebird, among those of more than regional importance perhaps the most widespread and ancient one in the whole world. The common pheasant is one of the world's most hunted birds; it has been introduced for that purpose to many regions, and is also common on game farms where it is commercially bred. Ring-necked pheasants in particular are commonly bred and were introduced to many parts of the world; the game farm stock, though no distinct breeds have been developed yet, can be considered semi-domesticated. The ring-necked pheasant is the state bird of South Dakota, one of only three U.S. state birds that is not a species native to the United States.

The green pheasant (P. versicolor) of Japan is sometimes considered a subspecies of the common pheasant. Though the species produce fertile hybrids wherever they coexist, this is simply a typical feature among fowl (Galloanseres), in which postzygotic isolating mechanisms are slight compared to most other birds. The species apparently have somewhat different ecological requirements and at least in its typical habitat, the green pheasant outcompetes the common pheasant. The introduction of the latter to Japan has therefore largely failed.

ramthakur, Hotelcalifornia has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

  • Great 
  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-11-24 13:22]

Hello Siggi,
A wonderful shot of this beautiful Pheasant. Reminds of the old days as a kid when Ringed-necked Pheasant were common here in Ohio. Not any more, just pen raised birds that are released during hunting season. I love it's typical proud stance and gorgeous plumage. TFS. and also for bringing back good memories!!

Hello Siggi
very beautiful image, this pheasant is very well captured, superb pose,
wonderful details on the plumage, excellent colors
have a good night

Nice mid range shot of this beautiful bird, Siegfried.
I would like to see a close-up image of it if you have one.

Outstanding shot Siegfried.

Well done.

Thanks for sharing.

Hello Siggi,
A nice shot of this beautiful Pheasant.


hallo Siegfried
beautiful coloured pheasant with good details and good sharpness
thanks gr lou

Hello Siegfried,

Very well low POV and very well captured. Well managed BG as well as clear color and sharpness. Good work...
Thanks for sharing this beautiful Pheasant,

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-12-02 12:16]

Hi Siggi,one of the most difficult birds to take,always far and not friendly with the photographers..ehehe..excellent capture despite the distance,the colors are bright and the details very very good.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Calibration Check