Nonnatives - Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant - Phasianus colchicus

Florida's Exotic Wildlife. Species detail.

First year: 1950's

Extirpated year:

Established status: Species are present but not confirmed to be breeding. Population persists only with repeated introductions and/or escapes of individuals.

Estimated Florida range: 67 counties  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Declining

Threats to natives: Unknown

Species Account: This species is native to Russia and Asia. It has been introduced at various times as a game bird by the FFWCC and landowners. Reported in more than 20 counties at various times, but it has not become established in any county, and there is no reason to expect it to become established. Many subspecies released were not well adapted for the climate and habitat of the Southeast (Stevenson and Anderson 1994).


Robertson, W. B., and G. E. Woolfenden. 1992. Florida bird species: an annotated list. Florida Ornithological Society, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Stevenson, H. M., and B. H. Anderson. 1994. The birdlife of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

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