A large gaudy bird, Ring-Necked Pheasant is the “Poster Bird” for the fall hunting season in the United States. How did Ring-Neck Pheasant go from his native Asia to be a native Bird of North America? The Romans introduced Pheasants to Europe. As the Roman Empire expanded, so did the range of Ring-Neck Pheasant. When Julius Caesar invaded England, he brought Ring-Necked Pheasant with him. Later, sportsmen introduced Pheasant for sport hunting in the United States. A hardy Bird, Ring-Necked Pheasant thrives in foreign lands.
Fairly secretive Birds, Ring-Neck Pheasants have acute senses and will flee at the first sign of trouble. Even the slightest noise will send Them scurrying for cover. Their good eyesight will pick up anything unfamiliar in their accustomed territory. Usually, if anything is amiss, Ring-Necked Pheasant will take wing or leg (flying or running).
The gaudy male Pheasant usually has a harem of plainer Hens. His harem grows when Hens who have no Chicks will attach Themselves to his Hens and their Chicks. These new Hens help the Mothers to care for all the Chicks. At the same time, other Hens will adopt stray or motherless Chicks, and raise Them. Meanwhile, Father Ring-Neck Pheasant will parent all the Chicks in his harem. Since Ring-Necked Pheasants have short lives, raising adopted Chicks helps to keep the group alive.
Ring-Neck Pheasants make good foster and adoptive parents. They willingly adopt all strays. Also, Hens with no Chicks help Mother Hens to raise their broods. Ring-Neck Pheasants care for all, and are a good example for fostering children.
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