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A Pleasant Pheasant

In the past I’ve alluded to the fact that some birds we encounter in the UK are not officially recognised as having a sustainable breeding population. They’re not on the British list; they escape or are introduced and just die out.

One hanger on is the Reeve’s Pheasant. Around Breckland in South Norfolk there are small pockets of breeding birds. I was told of one such population I didn’t know of (thanks Mick) around two to three miles from one I did know. Whether these ’new’ birds are the result of an increasing spreading population or are recently introduced birds I do not know. One thing is for sure, they are beautiful creatures and may one day be officially recognised as a British bird despite their Asian origins.

Reeve's Pheasant

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2 Responses to “A Pleasant Pheasant”


  1. April 18, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    That is such a beautiful bird, people transmigrate so why should birds be recognised when they take up residence in a new country. I would love to see these wandering in an English landscape. Thanks for sharing it is lovely to be able to examine the detail.


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