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Phasianus colchicus

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Montage: pheasant rooster in various poses, including inspecting his reflection in a puddle.

The common pheasant is an uncommonly beautiful bird. The specimen pictured here would evidently agree with that statement, in any case, as he appears to be admiring his reflection in a puddle.

In spring the male’s red patch around the eyes spreads to cover the whole side of his face. This one strutted proudly with the evident purpose of leading me away from his well-camouflaged mate. When he got me far enough from her, he flew off.

Phasianus colchicus is called Fasan in German and Fazant in Dutch.

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