State of South Dakota
South Dakota State Bird
Name: Ring Necked Pheasant
Binomial Name: Phasianus colchicus
Legislation of 1943
The Ring Necked Pheasant or Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus torquatus) is a game bird in the pheasant family.
The male Common Pheasant has barred bright brown plumage and green, purple and white markings, often including a white ring around the neck, and the head is green with distinctive red patches.