Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)
Not from around these parts
The Ring-necked Pheasant is an introduced species found across the state of Illinois. Native to Asia, this species was first brought to Illinois around 1890 and is managed as a game bird. Ring-necked Pheasants fare well in agricultural and grass land areas although the species can disrupt the nesting and mating process of our native Prairie Chicken.