- Family: Partridge Family
Ring-necked Pheasant of Nova Scotia
A Ring-necked pheasant may make an appearance every now and then in the backyards of many Nova Scotians. Although the province is devoid of the wild turkeys that many New Englanders enjoy, a sighting of this elegant game bird is just as exciting. This particular bird was out for a stroll with a friend, chewing on branches during a light snowfall that came after a recent Christmas time ice storm in 2013.
- Female: 22”; Male: 34”
Ring-necked pheasants are smaller than turkeys and larger than chickens. They have long tail feathers that come to a point.
The males are the ones with the ring-neck. They have a white band around the base of their neck. Their head is an iridescent blue-green. Their eyes are in the middle of a barn red patch on the side of their face. The rest of their body is light brown with hints or yellow and orange. They have white and black chevrons on their dorsal feathers. Underside is darker.
Female and Juvenile Coloration
Female Ring-necked Pheasants have golden-beige feathers with dark brown or black spots on their dorsal side.
- Up to 15 olive colored eggs
- Vegetation covered holes
- Woodland edges, fields, backyards, gardens
- Not native
- Native to Asia
- Game bird