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Identify this Pheasant

rambler Plus
11 1.0k 17 England
8 Feb 2013 12:22AM

I pictured this Pheasant but cannot readily identify which type it is. Can anyone help?

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Overread 11 4.1k 19 England
8 Feb 2013 12:39AM
It's a blue pheasant - otherwise know as a Melanistic Pheasant. From what I can find its a mutation off the common pheasant which is able to breed true (ie you can breed more of them from a mated pair and they'll be blue pheasants).

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Menalistic Pheasant

ps that link suggests that it could be mistaken for another breed, although the one you've photographed looks to have the darker colour and seems similar to the Meanalistic pheasants that I've seen/found on the net (in all my short time searching)
KNS 10 106 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 12:44AM
As above - pheasants come in all shapes, sizes and colours Smile we have a couple of black ones locally.... Handsome bird.
rambler Plus
11 1.0k 17 England
8 Feb 2013 8:54AM
Thank you both very much, very interesting, I shall be going back to see if I can get him in the sunlight.

puertouk 7 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2013 9:36AM
Looks like he's cold, that's why the poor sod is blue! Tongue
cameracat 15 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
8 Feb 2013 10:47AM

Quote:Identify this Pheasant

George the blue one, He has been around for years, Used to hang around with Nigel the other blue one.......Grin

Glad to see he has survived this years shooting season....Smile

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