Check out the absolutely stunning colors on this "mutant" pheasant! A melanistic variety of the common Ringneck, this pheasant sports iridescent blacks, purples, greens and blues. We've rated him as nice due to minor damage to one of his tail feathers. It's hardly noticeable, but its existence puts this guy in a slightly lower category of quality and at a slightly lower price than our Excellent or Premier birds.
- Product Rating: Nice
- 30" long X 9" wide X 16" tall
- Sits, unsupported on its own natural wood base
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About the Melanistic Pheasant
Scientific Name: Phasianus colchicus
The Melanistic Mutant Pheasant is a variety of the Common Pheasant that was developed in England over 100 years ago. Although these birds don’t have a truly native range, they have become solid members of forest ecosystems, and temperate woodlands.
The Melanistic Mutant pheasant has a whole new coloration; as it has the blue-green iridescent coloring of the head of the Ring-Necked continued throughout its entire body. The male is also quite similar to the male Green Pheasant, but the later species has somewhat paler back and wings.
Male Mutant pheasants feature an iridescent, greenish-black plumage that displays blue, purple, rust, and green sheen effects in the sunlight. While the females are less colorful, and smaller in size, but have a depth of lacing like other hen species. Beyond their dark and exotic coloration, Melanistic Mutant pheasants differ from their Ring-Necked originators in their survival abilities. They are known with having a phenomenal ability to survive and breed when released into the wild.