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Interesting facts about the common pheasant

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We found 15 interesting facts about common pheasants

Phasianus colchicus

Pheasants are quite popular game birds in Poland. This species appeared about 20 million years ago. It originally originated in Central Asia, but has been introduced to many different continents over time. Currently, the common pheasant can be found even in Japan, Chile, New Zealand and southeastern Australia.

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The common pheasant belongs to the family Galidae.

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These birds originally inhabited Central and Southeast Asia, but were introduced into many ecosystems and now we find them throughout almost all of Europe, the British Isles, the northern USA and southern Canada.

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The earliest pheasants appeared in Europe in what is now Georgia, then they were introduced to Greece and finally ended up in the Roman Empire. In 1299 they were brought to England, and in 1773 to the USA.

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The pheasant came to Poland in the middle of the XNUMXth century.

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There are about 30 subspecies of the common pheasant.

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Many subspecies of this bird are endangered due to hybridization with introduced individuals.

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Males are larger than females and reach a body length of 75 to 89 centimeters, females - from 53 to 62 centimeters.

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The wingspan of pheasants ranges from 70 to 90 centimeters.

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We call the male pheasant a rooster and the female a hen.

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They are omnivores and their diet includes, among other things, fruits, seeds, grains and caterpillars, spring beetles, grasshoppers, ant eggs and even small mammals and the chicks of other birds.

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The nests of these birds are located on the ground. During breeding, the female lays 8 to 15 eggs, which she incubates for 3 to 4 weeks.

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There are many color options for pheasants: from almost white to very dark plumage. Such forms were created as a result of human hybridization of subspecies.

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Male pheasants are very impressive, have a distinct, rich plumage structure, a dark head with a greenish-blue tint and red around the eyes and beak. Females and juveniles are definitely more tan and less impressive.

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All juveniles, regardless of gender, resemble females with a shorter tail. It is not until about 10 weeks after hatching that the young males begin to take on their characteristic appearance.

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They are a very popular hunting object, but despite this, the pheasant species is not in danger of extinction.

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