Story: Birdwatching

Shot pheasants

Shot pheasants

Pheasants and other game birds were introduced to New Zealand for hunting. Since the first pheasant release in 1853, other subspecies have been released and have interbred. Most now resemble the ring-necked subspecies from China. Although they breed in the wild, numbers are boosted by captive-bred pheasants. These two hunters are displaying their day’s bag, in 1912.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, James McAllister Collection (PAColl-3054)
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Gordon Ell, 'Birdwatching - Native and introduced birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 12 August 2022)

Story by Gordon Ell, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015