Ring-necked Pheasant

The Common Pheasant is a colorful and compelling immigrant to North America that has become one of the most popular game birds on the continent. Originally a native of Asia, the Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) was first introduced to the United States in 1857. Since then, the species has achieved well-established populations in the Midwest, the Great Plains, and parts of the Western mountain states.