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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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European Skipper
Thymelicus lineola

Habitat: The European Skipper can be found on the wing in June and July.  Becoming an invasive species of butterfly, it can be found in the grasslands of central Alberta spreading about 25 km every year.

Description: The European Skipper can be recognized by its bright orange wings marked by dark wing veins.  The edge of the wings are bordered with black.  The aptly named...

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