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Pheasant Facts
 
Fact:
Ring-necked pheasants are native to China and East Asia, but they have been successfully introduced in other parts of the world, including North America. Males (also known as "cocks") establish harems of hens, as many as a dozen female birds. Each spring a male delineates and defends his territory and his harem from aggressive rivals. Such encounters can lead to vicious battles.
Pheasants prefer fields and farmlands with brushy cover. Females nest in fields or in border habitat and lay a dozen or more eggs, which they incubate with no help from the cock. Young pheasants grow up quickly and fly within two weeks. They will remain with their mother for six or seven weeks. Many pheasant eggs are destroyed by predators or by humans, particularly in farm country, and young birds also have a high mortality rate.
Pheasants are most comfortable on the ground, where they forage for grains, seeds, berries, insects and occasionally, small animals. They can fly and launch themselves airborne with an abrupt, noisy take-off, but typically run from trouble. Pheasant flights are merely short-distance dashes for cover.
 
  Fact:  
  Pheasants do not migrate, they stay relatively local all year long.  
     
  Fact:  
  The spring ratio of hens to roosters is usually 3:1  
     
  Fact:  
  30% annual survival rate and only 2-3% of population lives to age 3, whether they're hunted or not.  
     
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