Whilst pheasants originated in South West Asia and some parts of Eastern Europe, they were introduced to Western Europe by the Romans. Since the 18th century they have been bred and released into the wild in large numbers to supply birds for recreational pheasant shooting which is illegal in the Netherlands. They can be found in rural areas with plentiful cover, typically near woodland or hedges and feed on seeds, plant shoots insects and maybe even small mammals. Adult males are distinctive for their golden brown plumage, bottle green heads and red wattles; the females are speckled light and dark brown and are well camouflaged with the undergrowth.
There is more information about the pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) available on the website of the RSPB.
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