I am surprised at how common Ring-necked Pheasants are here in Serbia. I’ve spotted them in fields right outside the airport. We drove through Šumadija (a forested region just south of Belgrade) a couple of days and they were all over the place. The pheasant above is in a field just outside the village of Topola, which means Poplar in English. I’ll have to get a photo of a female, which are not as brightly colored as the males.
The Ring-necked Pheasant is also called Common Pheasant, especially in areas where it is the only pheasant species. It is originally from Russia and Asia, but since the Roman times, it has been introduced around the world. It breeds in captivity easily, can adapt to a variety of landscapes and biomes, and tastes great. That makes it a lucrative game bird for many areas, and it is the most hunted bird in the world. I haven’t seen any hunters in Serbia yet, but I imagine they must. In Serbian the bird is known as the Fazan.