Mangoverde :: World Bird Guide :: Pheasants and Partridges :: Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

Described by: Linnaeus (1758)
Alternate common name(s): Common Pheasant, English Pheasant, Black-necked Pheasant, Mongolian Pheasant, Southern Caucasus Pheasant, Northern Caucasian Pheasant, Talisch Caucasian Pheasant, Persian Pheasant, Prince of Wales's Pheasant, Zarudny's Pheasant, Khivan Pheasant, Bianchi's Phaesant, Yarkand Pheasant, Zerafshan Pheasant, Syr Daria Pheasant, Aral Pheasant, Kirghiz Pheasant, Tarim Pheasant, Zaidem Pheasant, Strauch's Pheasant, Sohokhoto Pheasant, Alashan Pheasant, Sungpan Pheasant, Stone's Pheasant, Rothschild's Pheasant, Kweichow Pheasant, Shansi Pheasant, Chinese Ring-necked Pheasant, Tonkinese Ring-necked Pheasant, Formosan Ring-necked Pheasant, Korean Ring-necked Pheasant, Manchurian Ring-necked Pheasant, Kobdo Ring-necked Pheasant, Satchu Ring-necked Pheasant, Gobi Ring-necked Pheasant
Old scientific name(s): None known by website authors


Bayfront Park, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California, USA - Mar 18, 2002 © Rob Pavey  Bayfront Park, Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California, USA - Mar 18, 2002 © Rob Pavey  Puyenbroek, Wachtebeke, Belgium - Jun 16, 2002 © Yves Baptiste  Colorado, USA - Date unknown © Steve Messick  Aiguamolls de lEmporda, Cataluna, Spain - May 3, 2003 © Pascal Dubois 
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Temperate Palearctic;
(1) N. Caucasus from Dagestan n. to the ne. Black Sea (Volga Delta, s. Russia) to the w. Caspian Sea.
(2) Sc. Eurasia in s. Armenia, n. Caucasus (e. Georgia), Transcaucasus, Transcaspia, s. Turkestan, nw. Iran and Afghanistan from the e. and se. Black Sea to the cw. Caspian Sea (ne. Azerbaijan). Birds in ne. Greece (Nestos Delta), se. Bulgaria, nw. European Turkey may be native, but confused by mixed-race introductions.
Introduced to Europe, Morocco, Japan (s. Hokkaido and Tsushima in Korean Strait), Australia (Victoria and Tasmania), New Zealand, Hawaiian Is., c. and s. Canada, n. United States, West Indies (Bahamas (Eleuthera), Cuba (Isla de la Juventud), and possibly Puerto Rico), Chile (Cautin and Valdivia).
(3) Se. Transcaucasia in n. Iran along the sw. and s. Caspian Sea.
(4) Sw. Transcaspia in se. Turkmenistan and ne. Iran.
(5) Is. in the n. Aral Sea.
(6) Se. Kazakhstan to the ne. Aral Sea and along the Syrdar'ya River Valley to the w. Fergana Valley in e. Uzbekistan and border of Kyrgyzstan.
(7) N. Kyrgyzstan (n. Tien Shan) n. through e. Kazakhstan to s. Lake Balkhash and e. to w. China (n. Sinkiang (Xinjiang), Urumchi, and s. Dzungaria).
(8) S. Russian Turkestan, ex. ne. Iran, and nw. Afghanistan.
(9) S. Aral Sea and Amudar'ya Delta of Uzbekistan and adjacent n. Turkestan.
(10) S. Uzbekistan (Samarkand, Bukhara, Zerafshan Valley, Kaskadar'ya).
(11) C. Amudar'ya River Valleys on Turkestan-Uzbekistan border between Kerki and Darganata.
(12) Upper Amudar'ya in s. Uzbekistan, sw. Tajikistan and ex. n. Afghanistan (Pamir Mountains and Hindu Kush Mountains).
(13) W. China (c. Sinkiang (Xinjiang), w. Tarim Basin).
(14) W. China in the e. and s. Tarim Basin of e. Sinkiang (Xinjiang), Lop Nor Basin).
(15) Isolated population in Nw. Mongolia (Kobdo Valley on the e. Altai Mountain slope.
(16) Isolated population in sc. Mongolia (c. Gobi Desert) and the valley of the Edzin Gol, n. Kansu (Gansu).
(17) Isolated population in nc. China (ex. nw. Kansu (Gansu)).
(18) Isolated population in nc. China (n. Tsinghai (Qinghai), w. Zaidam Basin).
(19) Isolated population in nc. China (n. Ningsia n. to the Nan Shan and e. to the w. foothills of the c. Helan Shan, Lang Shan).
(20) Isolated population in nc. China (w. Ningsia and e. Kansu (Gansu), s. Helan Shan in the Sohokhoto Oasis) and possibly in the Qilian Shan.
(21) Ne. China (c. Manchuria, n. Heilongjiang), ne. Korea, and se. Siberia (Ussuriland and s. Amurland).
(22) Ne. China (s. Manchuria, c. Heilongjiang and n. Hebei to the suburbs of Beijing) and Korea.
(23) Ne. China (w. Hebei, adjacent Nei Mongol, n. Shansi (Shanxi) and n. Shensi (Shaanxi)).
(24) C. China (s. and c. Kansu (Gansu), c. and s. Shensi (Shaanxi) and ne. Szechwan (Sichuan)).
(25) Wc. China (nw. Szechwan (Sichuan) from Songpan s. to Kwansien).
(26) Ex. e. Tibet (Xizang) and wc. China (sw. Szechwan (Sichuan)) s. to nw. Yunnan and n. Burma.
(27) Sc. China (e. Szechwan (Sichuan) in the Red Basin, w. Hopeh (Hubei), ne. Yunnan and Kweichow (Guizhou)).
(28) E. China from Shantung (Shandong) and Henan s. to s. Guangdong and the Vietnam border (Tonkin).
Introduced to Europe (Spain (Cataluna)), Japan, unsuccessfully to Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, Chile, Hawaiian Is., c. and s. Canada and n. United States (California, Colorado).
(29) Sc. China (se. Yunnan) to ex. n. Vietnam (Tonkin).
(30) S. China (s. Kwangsi (Guangxi)) and ex. ne. Vietnam (ex. ne. Tonkin).
(31) Taiwan.
North America n. of Mexican border;
Summer and winter: Canada in s. BCO (s. Vancouver Is.), s. and c. ALB, s. SAS, ex. s. MAN, se. ONT, e. NBR, NSC, and s. in the United States in w. and e. WAS, w. and e. ORG, nc. and se. CAL, IDH, cw. NEV, sw. and c. ARZ, c. and e. NMX, nc. to sw. UTH, w. and e. COL, c. to n. WYO, MON, NDK, SDK, NEB, KAN, w. OKA, n. TEX, n. MOU, IWA to nc. MIN, c. WIS, n. ILL, c. IND, MIC, c. OHO, PEN, MYD(?), n. VIR(?), NYK, n. NJY, CNT, RID, MAS, n. VER, ex. e. coastal NHP, and e. MAE. Isolated populations in se. MOU, coastal e. TEX.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: The Royal British Columbia Museum
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Jeff Blincows Sound Gallery
Location unknown - Date unknown Source: ETI BioInformatics


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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