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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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Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis
Black fur with a white stripe running in between the eyes, along the head.  Two stripes run along its back from the neck to the tail, where they become one stripe.  A pair of glands on either side of the anus discharges the smelly liquid skunks are famous for.
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