Blood Pheasant is a relatively small, short-tailed pheasant , having the size of a small fowl, about 17 in (43 cm) in length with a short convex, very strong black bill, feathered between bill and eye, and a small crest of various coloured feathers. As noted there were releases of wild pheasants from China in the late 1800’s, but the foundation of most wild bird populations in the U.S. derive from those English game farm importations. South Dakota has named the Ringnecked Pheasant as its state bird. The Blood Pheasant lives in the mountains of Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, northern Burma and the north-west areas of China. Unlock thousands of full-length species accounts and hundreds of bird family overviews when you subscribe to Birds of the World. GoingWild, Kolkata Picture: Blood Pheasant is Sikkim's state bird; can be seen during our birding tours in eastern Himalayas - Check out Tripadvisor members' 29,758 candid photos and videos. Share this Article : The Blood Pheasant, Ithaginis cruentus is the only species, which belongs to the genus Ithaginis of the pheasant family. Population justification: The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is reported to be common and widespread in some areas and scarce in others (del Hoyo et al. Pheasants are raised by the more than 100 farms in the United States. Size of adult male Blood pheasant is between 40 to 48 cm and the length of female is between is between 38 to 42 cm. Blood pheasant is Schedule – I bird, according to wildlife (Protection) act, 1972 and classified as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN. The habitat most preferred by Blood Pheasants is coniferous or mixed forests and scrub areas right at the snowline. South Dakota designated the Chinese ring-necked pheasant as the official state bird in 1943. Male ring-necked pheasants are strikingly beautiful with iridescent copper-and-gold plumage, a red face, and bright white collar on its neck. See Symbols of Indian states and territories for a complete list of all state characters and seals. More. The Blood Pheasant is the state bird of Sikkim and belongs to the genus Ithaginis of the pheasant family. The female and the male species of the Blood Pheasant can be easily differentiated. A ring-necked pheasant is also featured on the U.S. Mint's South Dakota quarter - All State Birds. Each species account is written by leading ornithologists and provides detailed information on bird distribution, migration, habitat, diet, sounds, behavior, breeding, current population status, and conservation. Apart from India's national emblem, each of its states and union territories have their own seals and symbols which include animals, birds, trees, flowers, etc. There are fifteen different sub species. A list of state birds of India is given below. This is the state bird of Sikkim. The pheasants move their range depending on the seasons and during the summer are found at higher elevations. 1994). Official State Bird of South Dakota. Click here to view State wise list of Indian state birds (symbols) – updated Distinctive Identification.