The pheasant, originally an Asian species, has been introduced throughout Europe as a game bird. The pheasant was brought to Finland in the beginning of the 1900’s, and its range of distribution is restricted to densely populated areas in central and southern parts of Finland. The pheasant prefers farming areas and edges of forests and cane-grass grounds. It feeds on seeds, berries, small animals and gastropods.
The pheasant is a game animal, the annual quarry being about 25 000-30 000 individuals.
ADAPTING TO THE WINTER
Without winter feeding, the pheasant survives the Finnish winter only in the southern parts of Finland.
CLASS: Aves - birds
ORDER: Galliformes - fowls
SIZE: Weight: 700-1500g, males larger than females.
BREEDING: The female lays 8-12 eggs in May-June, incubation period 23-28 days and nights.
LIFESPAN: According to ringing data, the oldest Pheasant has lived to 10 years of age.