Sunday, May 13, 2007

Something I just learned about Ring-Necked Pheasants

Crazy!! It's funny, the ring-necked pheasant is such a flashy-looking bird, we always kinda wondered how it evolved here in Nova Scotia. As it turns out, IT's NOT FROM HERE! It's from China and Mongolia, and was introduced here several times with limited success. So those beautiful ornate pheasants that you see in Chinese art, are actually in our backyard! Pretty cool. Although I'm not a fan of introduced species - they generally cause a great deal more harm than good - these guys are pretty innocuous. Fascinating little read on the situation from the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, check it out.