Male Ring-necked Pheasant in habitatMale Ring-necked Pheasant in habitat – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/640, ISO 400, +0.7 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light, not baited

Ring-necked Pheasants are colorful upland game birds that are native to Asia and were introduced into North America for recreational hunting purposes and now occur widespread across southern Canada and in many areas of the U.S. except for some of the southern states.

Their preferred habitats include fallow fields, hedgerows, mixed agricultural lands, wooded river bottoms and marshes. This male was photographed a few years ago at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area in northern Utah during the winter not long after a snow storm. I wish I hadn’t clipped the tail because I loved this wintry setting.

They are very colorful birds!