Male Ring-necked Pheasant in habitat

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!


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Hi! As a young girl I saw these beautiful birds and enjoyed the call they made! Great image!!!!

  2. I agree so much with Bob’s comment. It hurts to see such a short-lived beauty.

  3. Even though they are introduced, they are beautiful!

  4. Lovely photo! We occasionally hear their distinctive call in our hedgerow which is next to a wheat field. I always wish them well. Close to where I live there is a gun club. They raise these beauties in cages to maturity and release them to be hunted. Sadly, very few escapees live a full life.

  5. Absolutely stunning! Perfect in the snow as well. Brings back many happy memories (grew up in SD hunting pheasant) and the knowledge I’ve yet to get a good shot of one.

  6. Wow Mia that is a beautiful setting!
    Pheasants are such quirky birds; I wish they turned up in Arizona.

    Lovely shot

  7. He is a luxury to see, I wish they weren’t used as game for the rich. Great photo Mia.

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