Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Species
Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). Cock. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on April 28th 2010.
Cock. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on April 28th 2010.
(1/250th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). Hen. Taken on Otmoor, Oxon., on November 30th 2013.
Hen. Taken on Otmoor, Oxon., on November 30th 2013.
(1/125th sec at f11. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 70 - 90 cm (m), 55 - 70 cm (f). WS : 80cm

There are many colour forms of the male Pheasant, ranging in colour from nearly white to almost black in some melanistic examples. These are due to captive breeding and hybridization. The female is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage all over.

The Pheasant can be found thoughout the British Isles.

It breeds in farmland with cover such as copses and dense undergrowth, scrubby thickets and conifer plantations. Nests are made on the ground.

It is widely bred as a game bird in Britain, with around 38 million being released each year for the four-month shooting season. The effect of this is that birds escape into the wild all the time.

The UK breeding population is estimated at 1.8 to 1.9 million pairs.

Sightings

20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2)
18-May-2018 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
14-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1m)
21-Apr-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
21-Apr-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1m)
29-Mar-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1m,5f)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2m)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2m)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (1)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1m)
04-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
17-Jan-2018 : Tubney, Oxon (1)

18-Dec-2017 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (4)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (5)
23-Nov-2017 : Barnard Gate, Oxon (1)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
01-Nov-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
03-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-May-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1f)
30-Apr-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
19-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3m,5f)
04-Feb-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m,2f)
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1f)

28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
06-Nov-2016 : La Janda, Spain (2)
11-Sep-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2h)
21-Aug-2016 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2juv)
22-May-2016 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
17-Apr-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
03-Apr-2016 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2m,1f)
25-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (3m,2f)
13-Mar-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Mar-2016 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1h)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (4f)

29-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-Dec-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m)
22-Nov-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
07-Nov-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
27-Sep-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
02-Jul-2015 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1+)
21-Jun-2015 : Whitecross Green Wood, Oxon (2)
21-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
01-Jun-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
10-May-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
27-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
18-Apr-2015 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (6)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m)

29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
22-Nov-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)
01-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon
19-Oct-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1m)
05-Oct-2014 : Chimney Meadows, Oxon (2)
21-Sep-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (3)
30-Jul-2014 : Challan Hall, Lancashire
08-Jun-2014 : Parsonage Moor, Oxon (h)
03-Jun-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (h)
25-May-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
15-May-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
18-Apr-2014 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
17-Apr-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
12-Apr-2014 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (1m)
09-Mar-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
16-Feb-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
19-Jan-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
12-Jan-2014 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)
05-Jan-2014 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (1)