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
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
a collar known as the Old English pheasant, and a freak that has lately
a very dark bird, termed the melanistic mutant.