Today is National Bird Day!
National Bird Day is on 5th January‚ each year as it’s scheduled to coincide with the end of the annual Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count has been going on for more than a decade. It lasts three weeks and is the longest running citizen science survey in the world that helps to monitor the health of our nation‚„s birds.
We are surrounded by beautiful nature all over our estate. One bird in particular, Parker the pheasant, is our mascot.
To celebrate National Bird Day read our fact file on Pheasants.
Did you know…
- Pheasants can reach 20 to 36 inches in length and 2 to 4 pounds of weight. Males are much larger than females.
- During the summer, pheasants breathe rapidly (quickly exhale and inhale) to eliminate excess body heat and maintain stable body temperature.
- Pheasants aren’t migratory birds. They stay in their roosts during the cold weather. Pheasants are able to survive without food couple of days.
- Pheasants have long, strong legs with four toes equipped with sharp claws. Males have long tails.
- Males and females do not look alike. This phenomenon is known as sexual dimorphism. Males are brightly colored and covered with golden, brown, green, purple and white feathers. Head is red and equipped with small crest. Neck is green and have white collar. Females are covered with brown plumage. Young males are brown in color until the age of 10 weeks when they become brightly colored.
- Pheasants have excellent eyesight and sense of hearing which are used for detection of predators.
- Pheasants can run at the speed of 8 to 10 miles per hour and fly at the speed of 35 to 45 miles per hour. Pheasants are also able to swim.
- Main predators of pheasants are foxes, hawks and owls which hunt young birds.
Maybe you would like to explore our country estate and see what beautiful birds you can spot. To book your stay click here‚ or call 01829 731007