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Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Pheasant Facts

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

  • Average hen weight: 2-2.5 pounds
  • Average rooster weight: 3.5-4 pounds
  • Flight speed: 38-48 mph
  • Favorite foods: grain, seeds, insects
  • Preferred habitat: undisturbed grass adjacent to domestic cropland and tall brushy winter cover
  • Start of egg-laying: early May
  • Average incubation start: late May
  • Length of incubation: 23 days
  • Average first hatch: mid-June
  • Average first clutch size: 10 eggs
  • Number of broods per year: one
  • Number of renest attempts: two to four
  • Major predators while nesting: fox, raccoon, and skunk
  • Major predators of adult pheasants: man, fox, hawk, and owl