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Female Pheasant

Observed: 20th January 2013 By: RHomanRHoman’s reputation in BirdsRHoman’s reputation in BirdsRHoman’s reputation in Birds
Female Pheasant
Description:

A female Pheasant and one of a group of 7 (1m and 6f) that discovered bird food in our back garden during the snow. One of the females shows a very odd behaviour trait which involves running backwards for 3,4 or 5 steps, sometimes doing this 3 or 4 times. It doesn't seem to be a response to anything I can see. The video shows the beaviour about 20 seconds in:
http://youtu.be/vpe2MY0m1z8

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jeremyr's picture

behaviour

I watched a lone male doing this in the woods last February, and assumed it must be limbering up for courtship battles in the spring. But if the females are doing it too..?

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