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Old 10-15-2012, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Mid Atlantic USA
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This bird is at Magnolia Gardens in Charleston, SC.


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Old 10-15-2012, 01:11 PM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I have no idea, but I hope someone can identify it. What a beautiful bird.
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Old 10-16-2012, 05:47 AM
 
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It's a Golden Pheasant--also sometimes called a "Chinese Pheasant" as it's native to western China. (Other pheasant species are native to China, too, but this is the most colorful one!)
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Old 10-17-2012, 12:39 PM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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It's a Golden Pheasant--also sometimes called a "Chinese Pheasant" as it's native to western China. (Other pheasant species are native to China, too, but this is the most colorful one!)
Beautiful! I was guessing some sort of pheasant and was pretty sure it's not indigenous to SC.

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Old 10-18-2012, 06:21 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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When our English Pheasants started dying out in PA; there was talk about introducing this Chinese Pheasant to repopulate our state. But it never caught on or they also had problems? I don't know if anybody ever figured out why the English Pheasants where no longer self propagating? There was a lot of speculation about the no-till farming, predators, acid rain – but I don't recall everybody pinpointing the exact cause?
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Old 10-18-2012, 01:28 PM
 
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There really aren't any "English" Pheasants. The primary pheasant in the U.S.--as in PA & Michigan--is the Ring-necked Pheasant, which is also native to Asia. The species of pheasant which Michigan, PA and other states tried to introduce many years ago was the Sichuan Pheasant, since they thought it would do better in shrubby habitats. It did not succeed and quickly died out in Michigan and elsewhere. We still have Ring-necked Pheasants in Michigan, but they are struggling here as elsewhere. No one is certain of the cause of decline, but more industrialized farming practices is viewed as the key suspect.
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Beautiful bird, but it does look angry!
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Old 11-04-2012, 11:51 PM
 
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When I was in China, sometimes I saw people sold (dead) ones like this.
This is a male, the females are just gray.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:44 AM
 
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Gorgeous! A splendid creation of Nature!
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