The Pheasant

   The male pheasant is one of the most colorful of all game birds. The female is not as pretty. Hunters like the pheasant both for its colorful feathers and for its flavorful meat. It is protected by game laws.
   The ring-necked pheasant is the most popular in the United States. It is a hybrid, a cross between the Chinese ring-necked variety and the common English pheasant.
   Pheasants can run with great speed on their long legs. They can fly for short distances but only with effort because their wings are short. Their wings are, however, wide and the bird can glide for great distances. The male has a beautiful multicolored tail.