30 Species of upland game birds were released throughout New Zealand including the common pheasant which were among the first to be released, between 1842 and 1877, to provide sport for European colonists. Top up releases were later encouraged, to ensure the growth of the wild population.

The common pheasant has clear recognisable features in the male of the species, with a red head, bright blue-green neck and a distinctive white collar. The feathers are red and brown in colour with a long elegant tail. The female is much smaller with subtle markings of brown feathers and a much shorter tail. Another pheasant breed found in NZ, although rare compared to the common pheasant is the melanistic variation, featuring a deep emerald green/black colour with a bright red face. Contact us today to find out more about where and how you can go pheasant hunting in NZ.