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Ring-necked Pheasant Phasianus colchicus

Introduced from Old World. Birds regularly released for hunting may help sustain "wild" populations in some areas. Fairly common in open habitats at low elevations in Kittitas and Kitsap Counties; uncommon to fairly common but very local in similar habitats in King and Island Counties. Found chiefly in grasslands, agricultural fields, shrubby or weedy wastelands, shrub-steppe, semi-rural residential areas, large city parks. Range as mapped by Washington Gap report (Smith et al. 1997) extends farther north and west in Kittitas County than supported by BBA data.