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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Phasianidae.


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New Latin, from Ancient Greek φασιανός (phasianos, "pheasant")


  • Chatterjee in The Rise of Birds) was coined (so far as I can tell) by Johann Illiger in 1811 and thus post-dates Statius Muller’s 1776 publication of the name Phasianus hoazin (that’s right - the hoatzin was originally described as a type of pheasant).

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • The male pheasant Phasianus colchicus: 'now almost extinct on restaurant menus'.

    Why pheasant is the only game in town

  • The introduced ringneck pheasant, Phasianus colchicus, is a popular game bird in Ecoregion 47.

    Ecoregions of Iowa and Missouri (EPA)

  • Birds include rare white-bellied black woodpecker (Dryocopus javensis), fairy pitta (Pitta nympha), and ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus torquatus).

    Southern Korea evergreen forests

  • Most usually considered close to either gamebirds or cuckoos (in fact, when first described in 1776 the hoatzin was classified as a species of Phasianus), hoatzins have also been allied over the years with turacos, rails, hornbills, sandgrouse and pigeons.

    Goodbye, my giant predatory, cursorial, flightless hoatzin

  • Birds include fairy pitta (Pitta nympha), and ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus torquatus).

    Central Korean deciduous forests

  • The cattle show has been, and perhaps may again be, succeeded by a poultry show, of whose crowing and clucking prodigies it can only be certainly predicated that they will be very unlike the aboriginal ‘Phasianus gallus’.


  • These are rarely seen forest birds; all but one are confined to Asia. 13 Because they are prolific they can sustain heavy predation, and many species, notably the ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), are constantly hunted.

    5 Chicken

  • M..E. M. Cole reports in the “Naturalist” of 1892, p. 182, _Phasianus Colchicus_ nest of seven or eight eggs “found M.y 6th, on the road margin.”

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood Historical, Anecdotal, Physiographical, and Archaeological, with Other Matter

  • Although I know of hardly any thoroughly well-authenticated cases of perfectly fertile hybrid animals, I have reason to believe that the hybrids from Cervulus vaginalis and reevesii, and from Phasianus colchicus with P. torquatus, are perfectly fertile.

    IX. Hybridism. Distinction between the Sterility of First Crosses and of Hybrids


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