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Added: 7th October 2012
Pheasant isn't a particularly common bird locally although they bred this year (for the first time in years). None of my bird literature has much on pheasant moult patterns (I suspect because they are not really regarded as a 'proper' bird) so I'm not sure whether this is a young bird moulting into adult plumage or an adult male moulting into fresh plumage. I'd plump for the former but comments welcomed.