Reeves's Pheasant Syrmaticus reevesii

This species is not on the main British list as the feral population is so small it is not yet recognised as being self-sustaining. Nevertheless they seem to be becoming increasingly easy to find in the Norfolk Brecks where they almost certainly outnumber Golden Pheasants now. This population seems to contain a disproportionately high number of males, the reason for which is so far unclear. There are apparently a number of other locations around the country where this species seems to be gaining a foothold, so perhaps it won't be long before they are recognised as British bird.

Hybrids between this species and Common Pheasant are also appearing - photos here.

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male Reeves's Pheasants, Great Cressingham (Norfolk, UK), 9th February 2013

 

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male Reeves's Pheasants, south of Hilborough (Norfolk, UK), 23rd February 2013

 

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male Reeves's Pheasants, near Hilborough (Norfolk, UK), 8th March 2009

 

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male Reeves's Pheasant (with deformed bill), near Hilborough (Norfolk, UK), 29th March 2014

 

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male Reeves's Pheasants, Great Cressingham (Norfolk, UK), 17th March 2012

 

The following individuals presumably did not originate from this population, as they were some distance away.

The first was extremely tame and was presumably an escape from captivity:

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female Reeves's Pheasant, Bircham Newton (Norfolk, UK), 7th April 2005

 

Two males of unknown origin, probably escaped but perhaps feral, appeared near Buckenham recently:

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male Reeves's Pheasant, Buckenham (Norfolk, UK), 20th April 2007