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Great Britain

Set B1 - British Birds - card information

17. The Pheasant
(Phasianus colchicus)

17. The Pheasant

There are few more handsome birds than a cock Pheasant. It is said that the Romans introduced the Pheasant to Britain, but there have been many importations at various times and a variety of types may be met with in our woods. There is the cock with light shoulders and a wide white collar about his neck, the bird without a collar known as the Old English pheasant, and a freak that has lately appeared, a very dark bird, termed the melanistic mutant.