Fly­ing feath­ers

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild March -

Ev­ery year over 35 mil­lion pheas­ants, which orig­i­nate from across Asia, are re­leased in the UK. Their biomass ex­ceeds that of all our na­tive breed­ing birds put to­gether, and they have the du­bi­ous dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the an­i­mal most likely to be run over. Pheas­ants di­vide peo­ple but their the­atri­cal early-spring dis­plays are none­the­less worth watch­ing. Cocks ut­ter raspy calls and jump up­wards in a flurry of whirring wings, pro­duc­ing low-fre­quency sound waves that am­plify the ter­ri­to­rial mes­sage.

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The BTO has more in­for­ma­tion on UK birds: bto.org/about-birds/bird­facts

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