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Name Of Pheasant

Name Pheasant
Male Name cock
Femle Name hen
Kids/Baby Name chick
Group Name brood (a family), nye (a large group)
More About Pheasant

  • Weight: males 41-46 oz; females 31-34 oz.
  • Length: 30"-36".
  • Flight speed: 38-48 mph.
  • Habitat: grasslands, wetlands, and brushy areas interspersed with agriculture.
  • Foods: waste grains and weed seeds.
  • Life expectancy: 70% annual mortality rate; 2-3% of population lives to age 3.
  • Mating: polygamous; one male breeds many females.
  • Nesting period: peak April-June, range March-August.
  • Nests: usually shallow, scratched-out depression in the ground lined with grass or leaves.
  • Clutch size: 11 eggs for first nests.
  • Eggs: olive-brown; ovate (17/8" x 13/8").
  • Incubation: 23 days.
  • Young: precoccial; leave nest immediately; can make short flights at 12-14 days.
  • Number broods per year: 1; will renest up to 4 times.
  • Nest success: ave. 43%.
  • Fledge: hen and brood separate 8-11 weeks post-hatch.
  • Recruitment: ave. 3.7 young/hen.
  • Migration: none; year-round resident.
  • Pheasants are long-tailed, seed-eating, chicken-like gamebirds.
  • Male pheasants, "roosters or cocks" are brilliantly colored with a combination of russet, copper, brown, gray and black on the body, iridescent dark green on the neck, and bright red wattles on the head.
  • A white neck ring is present on most males.
  • Females or "hens" are light brown with black flecking on each feather.
  • Newly hatched chicks are covered with soft buff-colored down with dark markings on the head and back, and weigh about a half an ounce.
  • Juveniles of both sexes, up to 10 weeks old, resemble females in color, and by 16 weeks of age, they are almost indistinguishable from adults.
  • Adult males weigh about 2 ¾ pounds and females about 2 pounds.
  • Cock pheasants have spurs on their legs that increase in length, as they grow older
  • The spurs on juvenile males are generally less than 3/8 of an inch in length; spurs on old males may be almost an inch long.

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