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Common Pheasant

Common Pheasant
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-12-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-05 8:42
Viewed: 2409
Points: 18
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There are many colour forms of the male Common Pheasant, ranging in colour from nearly white to almost black in some melanistic examples. These are due to captive breeding and hybridization between subspecies and with the Green Pheasant, reinforced by continual releases of stock from varying sources to the wild. For example, the "Ring-necked Pheasants" common in Europe, North America and Australia do not pertain to any specific taxon, they rather represent a stereotyped hybrid swarm. Body weight can range from 0.5 to 3 kg (1.1-6.6 lb), with males averaging 1.2 kg (2.6 lb) and females averaging 0.9 kg (2 lb).
The adult male Common Pheasant of the nominate subspecies Phasianus colchicus colchicus is 60–89 cm (24–35 in) in length with a long brown streaked black tail, accounting for almost 50 cm (20 in) of the total length. The body plumage is barred bright gold and brown plumage with green, purple and white markings. The head is bottle green with a small crest and distinctive red wattle. P. c. colchicus and some other races lack a white neck ring.
The female (hen) is much less showy, with a duller mottled brown plumage all over and measuring 50–63 cm (20–25 in) long including a tail of around 20 cm (8 in). Juvenile birds have the appearance of the female with a shorter tail until young males begin to grow characteristic bright feathers on the breast, head and back at about 10 weeks after hatching.
The Green Pheasant (P. versicolor) is very similar, and hybridizaton makes individual birds' identities often difficult to determine. Green Pheasant males are shorter-tailed on average and have a darker plumage that is uniformly bottle-green on the breast and belly; they always lack a neck ring. Their females are darker, with many black dots on the breast and belly.
In addition, various color mutations are commonly encountered, mainly melanistic (black) and flavistic (isabelline or fawn) specimens. The former are rather common in some areas and are named Tenebrosus Pheasant (P. colchicus var. tenebrosus).

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Hi Razvan, Splendid capture of this Common Pheasant in its natural habitat, good exposure control and what lovely colours, good strong composition, impressive work here and very well done,
Best Regards,


wonderful subject Razvan, great your performance!
regards, Nasos

Buna Razvan,
O captura cu o specie pe care am vazut-o destul de des dar pe care inca n-am reusit sa o surprind. La aceasta imagine imi plac in mod deosebit culorile pasarii dar si faptul ca ai surprins-o in mediul ei natural.
Numai bine,

Hi Razvan,
Excellent picture of this beautiful bird in its natural habitat.
Captured from a good POV with great details & nice colors.
Well done & TFS.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-12-05 15:38]

Hi Razvan,a very common specie but very difficult to take so well,magnificent composition,sharpness and beautiful colors,a spectacular male,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hi Razvan,
I like a lot this image, is impressive like this beatifull Pheasant made a great contrast with the dry grass in surrounders!... Well done!

WOW! Great photo Razvan! The composition, the framing and the sharpness are excellent! The colours are fantastic!!!

Hello Razvan,
Certainly nothing common about your exposure. Beautiful colours in super sharpness and detail with a great POV.
Best regards,

Bonjour Razvan,
Agréable publication valorisant relativement bien le sujet dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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