Ring-necked pheasant is the name used for pheasants as a whole as well as the collective name for a number of subspecies which have white neck rings. Due to captive breeding and hybridization between subspecies, there are many color forms of the male common pheasant, ranging in color from nearly white to almost black. The ring-necked pheasant is a large, chicken-like bird. It has a long, pointed tail, moderately long legs, a small head, long neck, and plump body.
The PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Pheasant Feeder works on a ‘feed on demand’ basis, which releases small quantities of grain/pellets at a time. Feeds such as crumble, pellet, wheat and peas can be used with the ½ inch regulator disc from the PECk-O-MATIC Automatic Pheasant Feeder. The 1 inch regulator disc can be used for feeding corn.
The males of the species are rather showy in appearance with red faces and an iridescent green neck with a bold white ring. Its long tail is the color of copper with thin, black bars. The females are less showy with their brown color and a paler scaling on the upper body; buff colored underneath and black spotting on the sides. Like the males, they have thin, black bars on their tails. They forage for grains, seeds, berries, insects, and small animals. They use areas of taller vegetation for cover and hence it is difficult to spot them. Ring-necked pheasants often run rather than fly when they sense danger.
The ring-necked pheasant is the state bird of South Dakota, one of only three U.S. state birds that is not a species native to the United States. Pheasants are frequently seen along gravel roads eating grit, which help them digest food.