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Pheasant standing in a field at Hingene/Bornem in Belgium.

Exceptionally long, pointed tail sets pheasant apart from other chicken-like birds. The typical male is beautifully patterned in orange, gold, and grey, with red facial skin and an obvious white ring around the neck. Green subspecies, endemic to Japan, are no less beautiful and distinctive, with an entirely iridescent emerald body and pale aqua-coloured rump and shoulder. Females are entirely buffy-brown with intricate spotted and scalloped pattern. Inhabits fields, hedgerows, and brushy areas. Native to Asia and now well-established across much of Europe, North America, and New Zealand.

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