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Daily Journal
     December 13, 2019      #41-347 KDJ
 
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A male ring-necked pheasant gives a broadside look a those glorious tail feathers.

Gary Soper/wildlifeinnature.com

The ring-necked pheasant 

By Gary Soper

Four fine-looking multicolored male ring-necked pheasants cautiously search the ground for seeds and insects, pecking with their pale-yellow curved beaks at the low grasses and dried leaves, along the edge of thick cover, this past week in Iroquois County.

The elaborate flashy birds could be heard vocalizing, much like farmyard fowl, as they nervously moved away from the photographer. The male pheasants, commonly called roosters, have some spectacular colors with long, elegant tail feathers. The females or hens, however, have shorter tail feathers and are well camouflaged for nesting and caring for their brood.

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Four Roosters swiftly walk away as one bird keeps a wary eye towards the rear.

Gary Soper/wildlifeinnature.com