Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Crowing Call: The territorial call of the male. A loud, harsh, two syllable koork kok, the first note longer and the second note having a distinctly staccato quality. The crowing call is often followed by wing flapping which is audible at close range. The crowing part is loud enough to be audible almost a mile away. It is given year round but most frequently in the spring. Similarly, it can be heard at any time of the day, but more often at dawn or dusk, and sometimes even at night when the moon is bright. (Heinz and Gysel. 1970).

Ring-necked Pheasants are known to respond by crowing to various loud noises or vibrations, including thunder, explosions, earth tremors and loud mechanical noises(Heinz and Gysel. 1970).

Ring-necked Pheasant crowing call, March 24, 2012. Vernon Marsh, Waukesha County, Wisconsin.


Heinz, G. H. and L. W. Gysel. 1970. Vocalization behavior of the Ring-necked Pheasant. Auk 87:279-295.