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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Phasianus colchicus (Common Pheasant)


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Species Description
The Ring-Necked (or Common) Pheasant is native to Asia and has been widely introduced elsewhere as a game bird. Like most game birds, it primarily terrestrial, foraging for food (fruit, seeds, leaves, various invertebrates, small snakes and lizards) entirely on the ground; however, it is also capable of short distance flights, flying into trees to roost and attaining speeds of up to 60mph when chased. The Ring-Necked Pheasant is found in wood- and scrubland, preferring grassland near water with small copses of trees for roosting. It practices “harem-defense polygyny”, where one male keeps a group of females, fighting other males to keep them away.
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Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Common Pheasant Page

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