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Melanistic Green Mutant

Melanistic Green Mutant
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! (II), !!! STOLEN PHOTOS !!! I, Metallic wonders of nature 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-09 4:07
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Melanistic Green Mutant Pheasant
Phasianus versicolor

The so-called "melanistic" Pheasant is actually a mutant of the Common Pheasant (P. c. tenebrosus) or sometimes one of the other species, such as the rarer Green Pheasant (P. versicolor). The different races interbreed so there also many hybrids.


The Pheasant is a non-native bird that was first introduced by the Normans in the 11th century as a game bird.

Male Pheasants are unmistakable with their iridescent copper-coloured plumage. The head, small ear tufts and neck are green, though the throat and cheeks are glossed purple. Their face and wattle are red. The tail is paler and has broad barring. Some races (P. torquatus) have white neck band.

The female Pheasant is buff coloured with dark brown markings.

Juvenile Pheasants are similar to females with shorter tails.


Pheasants have a varied diet which they forage for on the ground and occasionally in trees. Typically, the diet is seeds, berries, insects, worms, grass and fruit.


The female nests in a shallow depression in the ground under a hedge or among tall grass.

The male often accompanies several females, and will defend his territory and harem from intruding males in vicious fights.

The eggs, which are about 45 mm by 36 mm, are smooth and non-glossy, and olive-brown. The female alone incubates the eggs and tends to the precocial nestlings.

This photo was taken at a small zoo that kept a collection of exotic pheasants from around the world.


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Lovely. Nice colors, DOF, sharpness.

Hi Manyee

A super shot of this very pretty Pheasant. Nice POV. Excellent OOF BG to compliment the shot. Good crisp, clear, sharp details. Nice one. Thanks!

Great plumage details on thsi one and an interesting note.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-05-09 6:51]

Hi Manyee!
Orgy of colours! Beautifull portrait of this colorfull bird. Great details, sharpness and pose.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-05-09 7:37]

Woooooooow ! What a superb bird that you have very well captured ! The colors of feathers are amazing. Great DOF and sharpness.
Compliments ma talentueuse amie photographe !

Hi Manyee, excellent colors, BG, POV, details, are really crisp,, great work, TFS kyle

Hi ManYee,
Wonderful vibrant color..what lovely metallics here..
Very sharp, clear and detailed, excellent BG.
Well composed profile with just the right exposure also.
Great work ManYee, I like it!

Hi Manyeee
Very Very good colors and nice pheasent. We have Himalayan monal pheasent, some what similar. Your picture in close up is so cute. TFS

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2006-05-09 15:31]

Manyee, well done on this beautiful capture. Well exposed and the colors are perfect. TFS

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-05-09 19:30]
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Hi ManYee
Hello mister sparkles. He surely got his Sunday suit on and I am sure the zoologists are having a nightmare to try and describe this guys colours. Fortunately we nowadays have monitors and colour-cards that can handle 16 million colours as I am sure this guy utilise a great portion of the colour spectrum.
Your composition is good, amazing colours, perfect details, exceptional BG, and well managed exposure/lighting.
Great work and TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-09 20:01]

Hi Manyee
Great colourful shot. Good sharpnes, details, DOf, POV and BG.
Well done


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-05-10 6:52]

I never rreally realised that pheasants were so attractive, well teh males I mean. Most seem to have these wonderful irridescent coloured feathers.
Manyee, this fellow is so EXOTIC. No wonder they are called that.... He's a beautiful fellow, he doesn't look real. Well done, thank you,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2006-05-10 16:32]

What a wonderful and sharp picture of an unusual looking pheasant. The colors are almost irridescent. I enjoyed seeing this.


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2006-05-10 20:34]

Not much time to present new pictures, but enough to appreciate yours.

Excellent focus and exposure, splendid BG, balanced composition.

Great shot and TFS.

You captured all the iridescence of each and every feather with awesome detail Manyee, the lighting and DOF are right on the money. Fantastic. :)

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-05-12 8:00]

Hi Manyee,
Wow, fantastic colours! You've captured them perfectly. Excellent detail, perfect DOF, great work.


Say, this looks familiar! I can't get over how well your camera picks up the irridescent colors of these magnificent birds. One can almost feel the silky smoothness of those feathers. Nice background and framing.


Evelynn : )

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  • soccer Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 0 N: 655] (2557)
  • [2006-05-17 10:48]


Great Composition, Lighting, POV, BG and use of colours. TFS,

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  • Aramok Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 101 N: 1501] (5166)
  • [2006-06-06 15:47]

wow - I missed this first time around, but thankfully I have seen it now. I live with pheasants everyday (there are around 8-10 in my 'garden' normally), but i have never seen one of the green or purple versions and isn't it something special.

I have always felt that the males have an amazing range of colours in them and this photo shows that wonderfully.


Simple capture but nice. Good colours from bird and BG.

Howdy Manyee

Sadly this shot was stolen ;it is on this page

I sent a message to the administrators of the website:
I am reporting user simotntband57 because ...

was stolen from my friend MANYEE!!!

I think WE wil get this fixed!

So long,

PS The first copy that was stolen is already gone!

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