A medium-size game bird, long-tailed, seed-eating and chicken-like. A white neck ring is present on most males, and females or hens are light brown with black flecking. Originally from Asia, but now found in Europe and North America, and one of the most popular game birds in North America. Hens are plumper, juicier and more tender. Young phesants may be roasted, but older pheasants should be cooked with moise heat to compensate for their lean dry flesh.
Season: available year-round