Pheasants are species of birds as colorful and beautiful as peacocks. They are polygon and highly sexually dimorphic species, where the males are large and elaborately ornamented with brightly colored plumage, ear tufts, whiskers, dewclaws, and long tails, in comparison with the females that are not ornamented with a cryptic and opaque plumage. Officially it is believed that there are not many breeds of pheasants although colloquially many species are known.
All types of pheasants have a polygonal mating system that relies on males defending mating territories during the breeding season in early spring to control access to females with higher quality resources and defense against mating and predation. Females are free to move between different male territories, allowing them to benefit ...