Reeves's Pheasant x Common (Ring-necked) Pheasant hybrid Syrmaticus reevesii x Phasianus colchicus

The introduced Reeves's Pheasant population in the Norfolk Brecks appears to be increasing rapidly and as is often the case with species populations becoming established in a new area, hybrids appear. In this situation the incidence of hybrids may be increased as a result of a disproportionate number of males among the Reeves's Pheasant population.

I'm grateful to Spence for drawing my attention to the appearance of this hybrid.

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male Reeves's Pheasant x Common Pheasant hybrid, Great Cressingham (Norfolk, UK), 5th March 2011

 

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male Reeves's Pheasant x Common Pheasant hybrid, Threxton Hill (Norfolk, UK), 17th March 2012

 

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male Reeves's Pheasant x Common Pheasant hybrid, Threxton Hill (Norfolk, UK), 22nd February 2015

 

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male Reeves's Pheasant x Common Pheasant hybrid, Threxton Hill (Norfolk, UK), 21st March 2015

 

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male Reeves's Pheasant x Common Pheasant hybrid, Threxton Hill (Norfolk, UK), 25th March 2016

 

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male Reeves's Pheasant x Common Pheasant hybrid, Threxton Hill (Norfolk, UK), 23rd April 2016

 

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male Reeves's Pheasant x Common Pheasant hybrid, Threxton Hill (Norfolk, UK), 19th November 2016

 

The next bird was in the same copse as the last one (still present on the same day). In fact it was displaying on the very same log that the last one was displaying on 3 years earlier. Its appearance is quite different, presumably the offspring of a Tenebrosus variant of Common Pheasant.

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male Reeves's Pheasant x tenebrosus Common Pheasant hybrid, Threxton Hill (Norfolk, UK), 21st March 2015