Male Ring-necked Pheasant feathers provide a striking contrast against our Canadian landscape. Along with the bird’s loud crowing, they call attention to the male so that the more camouflaged female can scurry off to safety when danger is sensed. Imported from China in the 1800s, pheasants have made themselves right at home here in Nova Scotia.
For years I’ve been collecting the feathers that have fallen from both male and female pheasants in my yard in Cow Bay. I’ve yet to find one of the emerald green ones that are present in their neck area, but I did recently find a couple of tail feathers, probably left as thank-you gifts for the seed they’ve enjoyed at my feeders over the winter months.