What Do You Know About the Melanistic Mutant Pheasant ? The Special Mutant Bird

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January 1, 2017Entertainment
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What Do You Know About the Melanistic Mutant Pheasant ? The Special Mutant Bird
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Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

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Discovered and developed in England over 100 years ago, Melanistic Mutant Pheasants are a ‘mutant’ variety of the Ringneck Pheasant. They were first seen in the area of Norfolk, England in 1880, but were not specifically bred until the 1920’s when a group of hens of this same dark coloration were secured.

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The Melanistic Mutant is one of the best known pheasants for survival in the wild. This breed is large with luminous greenish-black plumage that changes according to the angle of observation. They are a pure breed and must be bred together to produce another mutant.

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The habitat for the Melanistic Mutant is between 55 and 70% crop fields. The rest of the habitat should be wetlands, grasslands and bushy thickets.