Originally, Ring-neck Pheasants are birds that originated from Japan, China, and East Asia, but they were later introduced into other countries and throughout the United States of America in the year 1881. The ring-neck pheasant is a big bird that has long legs and long neck, rounded wings, a rather small head, a long narrow tail, and a robust body.
While the male ring-neck pheasant bird is covered in a cluster of colors such as purple, brown, green, and gold, the female bird is the exact opposite. The cock has a greenish-blue head, bluish-green lower back, yellowish wings, and a white ring all around its neck. On the other hand, the female is dull and brownish in color.
The mating season for the ring-neck pheasants is in the spring. While the male is polygamous in nature, it is capable of mating with as many as twelve females during the period. A typical hen is capable of producing as many as ten to fifteen olive-brown eggs over a period of two weeks, even upwards of one egg per day.
After the production of the eggs, they are left to incubate and hatch in a makeshift nest made of leaves and grasses. The incubation period runs for about twenty-three days, after which the eggs will hatch.
When they hatch and they are dry, these young ones leave the nest to scout for food for themselves during the day, and at night their mother broods on them, i.e. she sits on them to keep them warm.
The nutrition of the ring-neck pheasants varies according to the weather and seasons. In the winter/fall, they feed on wild fruits, insects, seeds, grains, grasses, nuts, berries, and leaves, but in the Summer/Spring, their omnivore diet changes to strictly insects, such as beetles, crickets, green shoots, grasshoppers, caterpillars, spiders, and ants. Snails and earthworms are not left out and they get these by scratching on the ground.
The ring-neck pheasants are birds that are hunted for gaming purposes. This is because they are mostly found on the ground in deserts, groves, pastures, marshes, and forests. They prefer to run and walk on the ground, rather than fly and sit on trees like the other birds.
The lifespan of the ring-neck pheasant is a maximum of one year due to their high mortality rates.
After the introduction of the first ring-neck pheasants into the USA on the 13th of March, 1881, the bird has grown and carved a niche for itself on American soil. Presently it is the state bird for South Dakota.
The ring-neck pheasant is one of the most popular birds hunted for sport and meat in the United States of America. For folks who love to hunt this bird either for meat or for fun, there are lots of game reserves scattered around the United States of America.
For people who are resident around the states of Texas, you can find the ring-neck pheasants and quails to hunt in large quantity at the T & T Game Birds. T & T Game Birds is an exciting hunting space where hunters can come in and have a hunting spree, with the help of the trained hunting dogs on site.
Also, if you are a hunter who has a private hunting dog that needs to be trained, we also render that service at T & T Game Birds, the place to be for quality and exciting bird hunting.