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Melanistic Pheasant

Melanistic Pheasant
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3090 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S1-IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-02 3:31
Viewed: 9263
Points: 16
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Melanistic Pheasant

The so-called "melanistic" Pheasant is actually a mutant of the Common Pheasant (P. c. tenebrosus) or sometimes one of the other species, such as the rarer Green Pheasant (P. versicolor). The different races interbreed so there also many hybrids.


The Pheasant is a non-native bird that was first introduced by the Normans in the 11th century as a game bird.

Male Pheasants are unmistakable with their iridescent copper-coloured plumage. The head, small ear tufts and neck are green, though the throat and cheeks are glossed purple. Their face and wattle are red. The tail is paler and has broad barring. Some races (P. torquatus) have white neck band.

The female Pheasant is buff coloured with dark brown markings.

Juvenile Pheasants are similar to females with shorter tails.


Pheasants have a varied diet which they forage for on the ground and occasionally in trees. Typically, the diet is seeds, berries, insects, worms, grass and fruit.


The female nests in a shallow depression in the ground under a hedge or among tall grass.

The male often accompanies several females, and will defend his territory and harem from intruding males in vicious fights.

The eggs, which are about 45 mm by 36 mm, are smooth and non-glossy, and olive-brown. The female alone incubates the eggs and tends to the precocial nestlings.

This photo was taken at a small zoo that kept a collection of exotic pheasants from around the world.


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Hi Manyee,
Nice capture of this colourful bird. You have made good use of DOF and timed the shot well for good eye contact.

very nice portrait, manyee! :-)
what a beautiful pheasant,
the feathers shine in so many different colors.
good details and pov, nice dark blurred bg
and an interesting frame.
well seen & done, thor.

Hi ManYee,
A well composed portrait with the wonderful metallic colors shown very nicely.
Great detail and nice sharpness, with a good POV.
Well done and TFS!

Good picture!
Really detailed and colorfull.
TSF, Andrea

Lovely capture Manyee,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition. The BG is just perfect here.

Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hello Manyee,
this is a very nice portrait shot about this beautiful pheasant. Great sharpness, wonderful colours, lighting/reflections and great POV. This is a great composition. Thank you for posting.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
  • [2006-05-03 0:11]

Hi ManYee
Excellent capture of this beautiful and very colourful bird.
Great composition and smart frame, stunning colours, sharp details, amazing BG, and perfect lighting/exposure make this photo a pleasure to view.
Very well done and TFS.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1836 W: 303 N: 4300] (14767)
  • [2006-05-03 6:32]
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Very good photo.
Excellent note.
Thank you ManYee.

Si j'avais le temps d'élaboré un commentaire je dirais que cet oiseau semble emprisonné dans son cadre et que probablement je lui aurais donné plus d'espace autour de sa tête, mais je n'ai pas le temps... ;-)

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