Phasianus colchicus | ring-necked pheasant


Other Names: common pheasant

The ring-necked pheasant is native to Asia and has been introduced throughout the world as a gamebird, and here in Hawaiʻi in the 1860s. At about 30 inches in length, the males are a bright gold with chest-nut brown feathers with species of iridescent green and purple. Their head is a dark metallic green with a red wattle. The females are drab brown with darker spots. Due to their attractive feathers, local feather workers fashion luxurious hatbands to adorn paliolo (Hawaiian cowboy) hats.

Hotspots for ring-necked pheasant

James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge



Kahakapao Recreation Area

Wet forest

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Polipoli Spring State Recreation Area

Dry forest

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Waikamoi Preserve (The Nature Conservancy-PRIVATE)

Wet forest

TNC Waikamoi Preserve

Hosmer Grove (Haleakalā National Park)

Dry forest

Hosmer Grove
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Leleiwi Overlook (Haleakalā National Park)

Dry forest

Leleiwi Overlook
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Honua‘ula Forest Reserve (Makāula -‘O‘oma section)

Wet forest


Pu‘u Wa‘awa‘a ʻŌhiʻa Trail

Dry forestPasture and grasslands


Waiki‘i (off Old Saddle Road)

Pasture and grasslands


Palila Forest Discovery Trail

Dry forest

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Pu‘u Huluhulu Trail

Dry forest

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