Length: 30 - 36"
Breeding habitat: Cultivated farmland near woodland edges or with some brushy areas; hedgerows, brushy meadows, edges of marshes, grassy woodland edges.
Winter habitat: Thickets and other areas of dense cover. Often found in swamps with vegetation such as cattails and bulrushes.
Diet: Weed seeds and waste grains; buds, leaves, acorns, insects; wild fruits and berries; occasionally, small rodents.
Female Ring-necked Pheasant
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
(Image credit: USGS)
Range in New England
The Ring-necked Pheasant is an introduced bird in North America. This bird is usually a year-round resident in the areas where has become established.
In New England, this pheasant is found more commonly in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island, with smaller populations in Maine and southern New Hampshire.
The numbers and distribution of resident breeding populations is difficult to ascertain due to yearly restocking by game managers in most New England states.
Year-round Map from eBird
Year-round sightings of the Ring-necked Pheasant over last 10 years
Christmas Bird Count Map
Historical CBC Map from USGS