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Chinese Ringneck
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The Chinese Ringneck is the most popular of breeds. This breed was introduced to the United Sates in 1881 when Owen Nickerson Denny shipped sixty Chinese Ringnecks Pheasants from China to his home in Washington along with several other Chinese birds. After this more birds were purchased and released and  the breed flourished in Oregon and Washington. From there is expanded. Today the Chinese Ringneck can be found in over 40 states.

This pheasant is used primarily for stocking and hunting. These hardy birds adapt readily to the wild and are prized by sportsmen for their excellent flying ability and brilliant colors.

Size and Appearance

Chinese Ringneck males generally weigh between 2.7 and 3 pounds and hens generally weigh about 1 pound less. Male birds have a long brown streaked tail and a body of barred brown and gold plumage, with hints of green and purple throughout. Males also have red wattles and a white ring around their neck (hense "ring necked"). Female Chinese Ringencks are much less showy and are all brown.


Their prime habitat consists of 55-70 % crop fields such as corn, soybean, or small grains. The remainder of the habitat should include some wetlands, grassland, and woodland or brushy thickets.

For more infromation on raising chinese ringnecks download a free copy of our Rearing Guide.

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