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Official South Dakota state bird.
South Dakota State Bird

Name: Ring Necked Pheasant

Binomial Name: Phasianus colchicus

Adopted: 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.