Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus in Kissena Corridor Park, Queens, NY
As I described in my recent blog post about my walk across Queens, I was fortunate enough to have a male Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus cross my path as I made my way through the Kissena Corridor Park. It was perhaps the most cooperative pheasant ever; though Europeans mostly refer to P. colchicus as Common Pheasant it is not so common anymore in New York State since the state stopped stocking them for hunters, and it is probably only a matter of time before the introduced species is all but extirpated. Already, whenever I bring up Ring-necked Pheasants among long-time Queens birders I have to prepare myself for the sad litany of locations where they used to be found but are found no more.
Sad as the gradual decline of the pheasant in New York State might be the loss of this gorgeous non-native species is more than offset by the near-miraculous return and spread of the Wild Turkey, a bird that many thought had gobbled its last in the Empire State. But I digress. This post, after all, is supposed to be about the amazingly beautiful and confiding Ring-necked Pheasant that I digiscoped over a five-minute period recently. I really have nothing more to add other than the picture. Enjoy!
Isn’t this pheasant pleasant? I sure thought so…