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Dark & Light Pheasants?

Observed: 29th December 2011 By: dennisldennisl’s reputation in Birds
Pheasants
P1000354
Description:

2 very differently coloured pheasants in garden at bird feeder in the Highlands.

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Hi Dennis, your dark bird is

Hi Dennis,

your dark bird is just another hen pheasant but its a mutation commonly referred to as a melanistic. I read this morning online that the melanistic pheasant is a 'pure breed' in its own right on an American bird forum, but I think the birds we see here are mutants, interbred birds and both types can appear in the one brood?

Cathal.