The pheasant is a common game bird in Britain and has been an important part of traditional country life for nearly a thousand years, however it is not a native species. Originally from Asia, the pheasant was probably introduced to Britain by the Romans, and by the fifteenth century was thriving in large numbers.
One of our most colourful birds, the long-tailed male has iridescent copper and black plumage and a dark green head with red wattling. The female is smaller with mottled brown feathers and a shorter tail. Pheasants spend a lot of time on the ground preferring the edge of wooded agricultural land. The wild population is supplemented by the 30 million pheasants reared each year on shooting estates.
Hamish’s bronze pheasant sculpture was originally a commission and shows a plucky bird in classic crowing posture, beak open, wings outspread. It would make a great present for somebody interested in field sports or a charming focal point in a country garden.