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George Washington's Pheasants - CRICKET Magazine
George Washington received a gift of animals from his good friend the Marquis de Lafayette. When the rare pheasants died, he sent them to the artist Charles Willson Peale to use in a natural history museum in Philadelphia. The pheasants can now be seen at the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology.
CITATION: Giblin, James C. "George Washington's Pheasants." Cricket, Jul, 1995, pp. 28-29, SIRS Discoverer, http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com.
Ringneck - Wild Outdoor World
Ring-necked pheasants were introduced into North America in 1881....Before long, the pheasant population spread throughout Oregon. Other states set up similar stocking programs, and the ringneck took hold in 38 states. (Wild Outdoor World) Learn why the ringneck population is declining and find out how some conservation programs are trying to help. Some facts about ring-necked pheasants are presented.
CITATION: Jarrow, Gail. "Ringneck." Wild Outdoor World, 2001, pp. 48-51, SIRS Discoverer, http://discoverer.prod.sirs.com.
Websites and Videos
Peasants & Peafowl Aviculture and Conservation - GBWF.org
Wow! This stunning site dedicated to pheasants presents breathtaking photos and fascinating information. The sixteen genera of pheasants are given with species of each genera offered as a hotlink. Clicking on a hotlink leads the viewer to a page that presents information pertaining to the species including natural history, the range, subspecies, habitat, a brief description, status in the wild, and much, much more. Many photos are presented as thumbnails, and the viewer may click on these to see the gorgeous larger photos. Excellent site for organization, information, further reading, and visual display!
CITATION: Peasants & Peafowl Aviculture and Conservation. www.gbwf.org/pheasants/.
All About Pheasants – The Symbol of Good Luck - Easy Science for Kids
Pheasants are not native to the United States. They were imported from China in the late 19th century. People sometimes hunt these beautiful wild birds. Rich people hunted them in England, and hungry poor people would sometimes sneak in and hunt peasants at night. These grassland birds eat and hide on the ground. They can only fly a little. They look like colorful chickens with long tail feathers. Pheasants are also eaten by foxes and coyotes.
CITATION: All About Pheasants – The Symbol of Good Luck. easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-pheasants/.