About Ring Necked Pheasants

About Ring Necked Pheasants
The ring-necked pheasant is a non-native species of game bird in North America, which was originally introduced into the West in the early 1800s. The ring-necked pheasant is bred in captivity in many states and then released into the wild to stock the populations for hunters.


The ring-necked pheasant was imported to the U.S. from Japan, China and portions of southeast Asia. The largest populations in the wild in America are in the Midwest.


While the wings of this pheasant are short, the tail is elongated. The ring of white around the neck of the male is in sharp contrast to its bright greenish head, rust-colored belly and yellow sides.

Fun Fact

The ring-necked pheasant is a rapid runner, able to cover the ground in quick 2-foot-long strides as it flees from any danger before flying for a short distance and then running again.


The preferred habitat of this bird is cultivated fields of grain crops, pastures, weedy fields and swampy wetlands, where the pheasant will search for seeds, grain and insects.

Expert Insight

One male ring-necked pheasant may have as many as a dozen females to breed with after it aggressively defends its territory against other males.

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