Can you iden­tify this ‘Lin­colnshire’ pheas­ant?

Bird Watching (UK) - - Q & a -

Q The at­tached photo of a ‘wild’ pheas­ant was taken in a field near Horn­cas­tle in Lin­colnshire dur­ing the sum­mer. Can you name the spe­cific species of Golden Pheas­ant, if it is in­deed spe­cific? Bob Broughton, St Bri­avels A It’s ac­tu­ally a Reeves’s Pheas­ant, an­other species of far-east­ern game­bird that is re­leased in the UK, al­beit in small num­bers com­pared to the (Com­mon) Pheas­ant. The small pop­u­la­tion here can’t re­ally be said to be self-sup­port­ing, as it is de­pen­dent on re­leases and sup­ple­men­tal feed­ing, al­though it is a hardy species well ca­pa­ble of cop­ing with the Bri­tish cli­mate.

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