We live in the Crossings area of Concord, CA. Attached is a picture of a visitor that landed on the backyard fence and spent some time in the backyard last week. Any clue as to what it is? Possibly someone’s pet?
Craig Elliott, Concord, CA
It’s a silver pheasant (native to Southeast Asia and China). Probably escaped from someone’s aviary. That’s why it is so tame. This happens occasionally. I usually get an exotic pheasant photo to identify 2-3 times a year.
I just got a call from Nick Virgallito, who also lives in the Crossings. Apparently “your” silver pheasant has now wandered into the area around his house on Leatherwood Court.
Anyone out there missing a silver pheasant? Drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll put you in contact with Craig and Nick and they can direct you to your missing bird.
In the meantime, everybody please enjoy looking at this BEAUTIFUL bird! /Gary