Most kinds of pheasants are shy forest birds of Asia.
The Ring-necked Pheasant, better adapted to open country, has been introduced as a game bird to many parts of the world.
Ring-necked Pheasants were brought in North America from China in 1881 to foster a viable pheasant population in Oregon.
The birds spread throughout the Northwest, and some of them were introduced to the Midwest and other parts of the country.
Bosque Del Apache Wildlife Reserve, San Antonio, New Mexico, USA, 13 January 2019