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This bird is a melanistic common or ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus). This is a hen pheasant.

She’s much darker brown and has more black on her plumage than a typical hen of this species. She’s not really as black as one might expect a melanistic animal to be.

A typical hen pheasant for comparison.

The cock melanistic pheasants are really black.  Well, they are black in that their whole bodies are the same color as a typical cock pheasant’s head– black with a greenish sheen.

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This is what they normally look like:

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There are many different subspecies of Phasianus colchicus. The East Asian and some of Central Asian races tend to have rings around their necks.

The Caucasian races were the first introduced to Western Europe, and in Europe, it is not uncommon to find common pheasants roosters that lack rings around their necks.

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