Irritated COMMON or RING-NECK PHEASANT showing its horns
Male pheasant use varied facial adornments in their courtship displays, but also as a defense when they (or their territory) is being threatened. These adornments include, wattles, horns (shown above), crests and ruffs.
The Common Pheasant, is a bird in the pheasant family (Phasianidae). It is native to Georgia (the country not the state) and has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. In parts of its range, namely in places where none of its relatives occur such as in Europe (where it is naturalized), it is simply known as the “pheasant”.
“Ring-necked Pheasant” is a collective name for a number of subspecies and their crossbreeds. Being that these birds have a global presence, and breed freely, there are myriad cross breeds abounding.
The Ring-necked Pheasant is the state bird of South Dakota, one of only three US state birds that is not a species native to the United States.
Common Pheasants feed solely on the ground but roost in sheltered trees at night. They eat a wide variety of animal and vegetable type-food, like fruit, seeds and leaves as well as a wide range of invertebrates, with small vertebrates like snakes, lizards, small mammals and birds occasionally taken.
Fact Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Pheasant
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