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Ring-Necked Pheasant

Phasianus colchicus
Photo by Photo by Terry Sohl, www.sdakotabirds.com/index.html

Habitat: Farmland and grasslands, including hegerows and ditches that provide a place to hide.

Description: Males have a distinguished body compared to the females. They have a black head and white stripe around the collar and short black tuffs around the ears. Males have a long tail, red face, and a bronze body with several patterns of colour ranging from green, and maroon to cream. Females have a shorter tail and varied light and dark brown markings.

Size: Male: 76-91 cm  Female: 51-66 cm long.

Diet: Seeds, buds, and insects

Fun Facts: Because the ring-necked pheasant is a popular game bird in Alberta, hatcheries continually release new pheasants in order to sustain the existing population.

Source: Fisher, C and J Acorn. Birds of Alberta. 1998. Lone Line Publishing.

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Alfalfa Sulphurs
Colias eurytheme

Habitat:  The Alfalfa Sulphur can be found throughout southern and central Alberta from May to October.

Description:  Also known as the Orange Sulphur, the Alfalfa Sulphur looks very similar to other Sulphur butterflies but can be distinguished by three small dots on each of its underwings.  The tops of their wings however are orange.

Size:  35-40 mm

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