Common pheasant standing in snow


Pheasants are one of the UK's most colourful birds. Introduced here by the Romans, they are now widespread. Pheasants are also well known throughout Western Europe, central Asia and China. They feed on a diet of seeds, berries and insects, preferring a habitat of wooded agricultural lowland which can provide both roosting sites and this wide variety of provisions. Males mate with more than one female, and females undertake all the duties of incubating and rearing chicks alone.

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Scientific name: Phasianus colchicus

Rank: Species

Common names:

Common pheasant

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Map showing the distribution of the Pheasant taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Pheasant can be found in a number of locations including: Asia, China, Europe, Mediterranean, Russia, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Pheasant distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1


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