Pheasant – Phasianus colchicus

I can her the call of the male loudly from across my local fields. A handsome gamebird, the male has striking bronze plumage, a red face and wattle, a green neck with a white ring around it and a long tail. Females are sandy brown with an intricate pattern of black spots and bars.

Native to Asia, they were introduced into much of Europe by the Romans, possibly arriving in Britain with the Normans in the 11th century. Common on farmland and woodland throughoutthe UK. They can live from 1 to 2 years.