Ring-necked pheasant is both the name for the species as a whole in North America and also the collective name for a number of subspecies and their intergrades which have white neck rings.
The ring-necked pheasant is a well-known game bird, perhaps the most widespread and ancient one in the whole world. It is one of the world's most hunted birds; is introduced for that purpose in many regions, and is also common on game farms where it is commercially bred. They are commonly bred and the game farm stock can be considered semi-domesticated.
Much of the North American hunting is done by groups of hunters, who walk through fields and shoot the birds as they are flushed by dogs. Pheasants are also the popular choice for the European style hunt called a Tower Shoot, or Circle Shoot, where the pheasants are released from a tower or hill in the center of a field with standers in a circle around the center to "hunt" the birds as they fly overhead.
We raise several breeds and subspecies of pheasant at Storys Game Birds, ranging from pheasant referred to as Chinese Ring-neck, Mongolian, and Melanistic mutants. The coloration varies on species, but the male pheasant is typically brilliantly colored while the female is more of a neutral buff color. See our photo gallery to see photos of our beautiful birds.