Scientific Name: Phasianus coachicus
Subspecies: There are thought to be about 30 subspecies, divided into 5 groups: the Caucasus pheasants, White-winged pheasants, Mongolian ring-necked pheasants, Tarim pheasants and the Chinese ring-necked pheasants.
Distribution: Native to Asia but widely introduced elsewhere. Common throughout much of Europe.
Habitat: Ground dwelling bird of woods, hedgerows and fields.
Description: Male pheasants exhibit many colour forms as in Europe much hybridisation between different introduced sub-species has occurred. Generally the body plumage is barred bright gold or copper red and chestnut brown, the head is iridescent gren/blue with red wattles, with a small crest and red wattles. Some individuals have a white collar. Long brown tail, streaked with black. 60- 89cm in length (the tail accounting for almost 50cm). The females and juveniles have a duller mottled brown plumage and measure 50 -63 cm in length(including a tail of around 20cm)
Hunting method: Driven shoots, walking up.
Hunting available in: England, France, Hungary, Scotland