Domestic Birds

Pheasant Species

Pheasant Species & Information

The order Galliformes includes several genera of pheasants. The native range of the pheasant species is Eurasia. They can be found in many countries, but are confined to introduced populations. The term “pheasant”, which is used to describe birds, is paraphyletic. Pheasants belong to both subfamilies Phasianinae (and Pavoninae), and are often more closely related than other pheasants to phasianids and turkeys.

The males are highly decorated, with bright colours. Males tend to be larger and have longer tails than females. Males do not play a role in raising the young.

The sound of a pheasant’s cry or call can be recognized by the fact that it sounds like an old rusted sink or valve.

In the winter, they eat mainly seeds, grains and roots. In summer, they eat insects, earthworms and snails. In the UK, they pose a threat as an imported species to native adders.

Pheasant Species:

Argus Pheasants

Ring-neck or Common Pheasant
Ring-neck or Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) male

Bar-backed Pheasants

Bar-tailed Pheasants

Blood Pheasants

Blue-eared Pheasants

Bornean Fireback Pheasants

Brown-eared Pheasants

Bulwer Pheasants

Cheer Pheasants

Common Pheasants

Copper Pheasants

Crested Argus Pheasants

Crested Firebacks

Diard’s Firebacks

Edward’s Pheasants

Elliot’s Pheasants


Golden / Red Golden Pheasant

Great Argus Pheasants

Green Junglefowl

Green Pheasant aka Geen-necked Peafowl, Burmese Peafowl, Java Peafowl

Hume’s Pheasant, Syrmaticus humiae, also known as Mrs Hume’s Pheasant or Bar-tailed Pheasant

Ijima Copper Pheasant

Himalayan Mona

Impeyan Pheasant

Imperial Pheasant

Jungle Fowl

Lady Amherst’s Pheasants

Lewis Silver Pheasants

Mikado Pheasants

Monal Pheasants (aka Impeyan)

Mrs Hume’s Pheasant or Bar-tailed Pheasant

Reeves’s Pheasants

Ring-necked (Common) Pheasant aka Chinese Ringneck Pheasant, True Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus ssp.)

Satyr Tragopans (Tragopan satyra) also known as the Crimson Horned PheasantsMale Silver Pheasant

Salvadori’s Pheasants

Szechuan White-eared Pheasants

Siamese Firebacks

Silver Pheasants

Soemmerring’s Pheasant

Sumatran Peacock Pheasants aka Bronze-tailed Peacock Pheasants

Swinhoe’s Pheasant

Temminck’s Tragopan Pheasants


Vieillot’s Firebacks

White-eared Pheasants

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.

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