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Pheasant

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Pheasants
Male Common Pheasant
Male Common Pheasant
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Genera

Ithaginis
Catreus
Rheinartia
Crossoptilon
Lophura
Argusianus
Pucrasia
Syrmaticus
Chrysolophus
Phasianus
† See also partridge, quail

Pheasants are a group of large birds in the order Galliformes. In many countries they are hunted as game.

Pheasant are characterised by strong sexual dimorphism, with males being highly ornate with bright colours and adornments such as wattles and long tails. They are usually larger than the females. Males play no part in rearing the young.

There are 35 species of pheasant in 11 different genera. The most common is the Ringnecked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus torquatus) which is widespread throughout the world in the wild and in farm operations. Various other species are popular aviary animals, such as the Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus).

Pheasants by genus and species

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Pheasant Fowling.--"Showing how to catch Pheasants."--Fac-simile of a Miniature in the Manuscript of the "Livre du Roy Modus" (Fourteenth Century).

References

  • Beebe, William. 1918-22. A Monograph of the Pheasants. 1st edition in 4 volumes: H. F. Witherby, London. Reprint: 1990, Dover Publications.(4 volumes bound as 2). ISBN: 0-48-62657-9-X and ISBN: 0-48-626580-3. (This beautifully illustrated monograph by William Beebe is still considered to be the most important work on pheasants. It was updated with inclusion of some later discoveries, though with some of the technical details left out, and published as: Pheasants: Their Lives and Homes. 2 vols. 1926. Single volume edition: New York Zoological Society, 1936.)
  • Green-Armytage, Stephen. 2002. Extraordinary Pheasants.Harry N Abrams, Inc., New York. Books ISBN 0-81-091007-1.

External links

de:Fasan eo:Fazano fr:faisan ja:キジ nl:Fazant zh:雉鸡

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