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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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Fairybells
Disporum trachycarpum

Habitat: The Fairybell is common throughout the wooded areas of Alberta from May-June preferring the nice, damp soil.

Description: Greenish-white bell-like flowers hang down and droop from slender stalks and are usually covered by their leaves.  The leaves are long and range from ovate to oblong.  They only flower for a short time but the orange-red berries they produce take the whole summer...

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