Who says British birds are dowdy?!

I have often travelled abroad and stared in awe at such avian splendours as flycatchers, parakeets or humming birds; it’s easy to forget that amongst our own birds (if a bird introduced by the Romans can by now be considered ‘ours’) there are also some real beauties and the male pheasant must surely be on the list. This chap’s plumage was dazzling and, if I had been a female pheasant, very alluring.

Male Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). Arundel WWT.

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