Pheasants originate from Asia and have been introduced into many countries from there, mainly for hunting. The pheasant is probably the most hunted bird in the world, and it is used most often in hunting sports.
The plumage of male birds may vary a lot, depending on the pheasants' living conditions and due to the hybridisation between subspecies. Usually the body plumage is barred in gold and brown, and with green, violet and white spots. The male bird's head is dark greyish green, with a small crest and distinctive red wattles. The hen's plumage is much less showy. Its body and tail is dull mottled grey and brown all over. The male pheasant's mating call is a loud two-syllable "kok-kok", followed by a fast sequence of wing clapping.
In the natural habitat pheasants live in small flocks. They prefer to live near groves or hedges and in cultural landscapes with larger gardens, where it is easy to find shelter in the case of danger. Pheasants can also form smaller flocks on cleared farmland, but such populations do not endure for too long.
Total length 80 cm, tail length 50 cm.