Male Ring-necked Pheasant in marsh 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!



  1. hummingbirdlover December 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

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

  2. Carol Mattingly December 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Beautiful Mia. Carol

  3. M. Firpi December 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

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

    • Mia McPherson December 15, 2012 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Maria, they really are beautiful.

  4. Prairie Birder December 14, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Even though they are introduced, they are beautiful!

    • Mia McPherson December 15, 2012 at 10:25 am

      Thanks Charlotte, I agree!

  5. M. December 14, 2012 at 9:04 am

    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.

    • Mia McPherson December 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Thanks much M. I love to hear them but don’t like thinking about them being killed.

  6. Sherry in MT December 14, 2012 at 7:58 am

    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.

    • Mia McPherson December 15, 2012 at 10:27 am

      Hi Sherry, I understand that SD has the Ring-necked Pheasant as their state bird. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Laurence Butler December 14, 2012 at 6:52 am

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

    Lovely shot

    • Mia McPherson December 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Laurence, the setting sort of reminds me of a diorama.

  8. Bob Bushell December 14, 2012 at 5:44 am

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

    • Mia McPherson December 15, 2012 at 10:28 am

      Thank you Bob, they have such fascinating plumage patterns that I find it hard to resist photographing them.

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