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pheasant breeds part 1 by mechanicalmasochist pheasant breeds part 1 by mechanicalmasochist
I was listening to this song on repeat while drawing this like oh god I love this film: [link]

*ahem*

about this drawing:

Well I know a lot of people have asked me if they could make pheasant characters and have made pheasant characters after seeing eyesore

which is great pheasants need more love!

however one thing that bothers me everyone who does so seems to copy the body type and feather arrangement of eyesore when she herself is a mixture of several pheasant breeds for inspiration and a lot of personal changes too.

so to help people vary their design and perhaps use some more unusual breeds or mix a few together to make up their own I thought I'd post drawings of a bunch of different pheasant species
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so here is part 1 of this task:
the golden pheasant and the common pheasant.
(which are the two pheasants that eyesore is based on)

both birds here can vary in colour and common pheasants often have variations of white and green plumage

the mechanistic common pheasant is a colour mutation found in the wild and looks a lot like the green pheasant

the yellow golden pheasant is also a colour mutation.

female pheasants as a rule are always duller looking birds though some males may only have their flashy plumage in the summer/spring time with golden and common pheasants they tend to keep their plumage all year round.
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photos of male common pheasants varying plumage :
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female common pheasant:
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male melanistic common pheasant:
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golden pheasant male(and yellow variant:
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female golden pheasant:
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:iconangelicmoments:
AngelicMoments Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Helped me simplify the colors of my pheasant here: Hunting Pheasant by AngelicMoments
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azurakittyartist Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
this really help to make my new character :D
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Roaruffer Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks to this I was able to make: xaptx.deviantart.com/art/Sky-t…

Thankies :D
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Haku200 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I volunteer at a zoo in my local area and they have a golden pheasant!
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PandaBearStorm129 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Pretty... So that why Eyesore been kept making fun of.. Her apperance.. But her apperance is awesome tho. :D
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Hobo-pup Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow, this is great that your making this. I've made my own character who's a Silver Pheasant who I need to draw a reference for and, while I can use photos, it's a great help to see some animals drawn and how the artists depict them and draw the anatomy. I hope you do draw a Silver Pheasant in this project of yours. And even if you don't, these drawings will help me if I ever want to try drawing a pheasant character.
Anyway, I love the art here, and you are very good at drawings birds. I find it difficult personally.
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ArcaFelidae Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I Love golden pheasants,allot, if I had a character it probably be a golden pheasant. .. XD
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TanzyTanz Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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Is this a good design? It's a Palawan Peacock Pheasant. XD
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mandythereaper Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
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so pretty
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sammydavie Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is usefull
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ToothyGrins Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well dang. Who ever knew pheasant's could be so terribly gorgeous? People don't normally associate them with such color.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thats such a shame they really are colourful birds too!
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XxJessie-KittehxX Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOVE GOLDEN PHEASANTS. They're so majestic. ^^ Great job! Into faves it goes~
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LiquidLandNerdMaxie Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, this will be a great help! :3

I've wanted a pheasant OC even without knowing Eyesore, but telling differences between breeds has always been a challenge to me, and I hate simply sticking the word "pheasant" on some blindly made OCs. ;u; And of course, I know next to nothing with most breed names so I can't really look them up that way. XD I'm better with remembering colors and designs.

I think now my only trouble will be giving him a name. :'D
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somarrow Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
the male Golden Pheasant is pimped the heck out hot dang
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XxFlightlessxX Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
its sad to see such a beautiful bird be hunted D: but i like this! :3 ive only seen like Common Pheasants/Ring-necked Pheasants
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HellsingDragoness Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thats interesting, i like pheasant very much, very very awesome animals.
I love to see them, unfortunately i never see a golden pheasant only common pheasants.

Once, my bearded dragons were outside in the garden, a male pheasant appeared and my male bearded dragon and the bird put on the black beard and feathers in order to chase away each other xD

A little lizard and this giant bird! XDD i couldnt stop laughing, until the pheasant start to come near and i had to chase him away :"D
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AkatsukiLoverXDX3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Has there er bea case like eyesore, maybe due to some tramatic exsperiance or just a health deformation, weres a female had male paterns?
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what griefing said however birds can be born where they are the wrong colour and pattern this is just a mutation
like eyesore is a mutation but she was born that way.

however it has happened where chickens that appear to be female and youngsters have grown up and become males completley this is very rare.

you also get gynandromorphs which are just as rare however these are birds with their gender split right down the middle:
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AkatsukiLoverXDX3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
That is so cool! I know nothing of birds so..
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brokenthroat Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
no. health deformations don't do that, and traumatic experiences won't change the natural pattern of feathers - it might make them fall out or lose color, but it won't give a female a male's plumage. that's like saying a white cat can turn black.
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AkatsukiLoverXDX3 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you.
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RiotLizard Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to make a pheasant O.C SO BAD now, but I have no idea if I could ever be able to use it, I can barely draw the one's I have now, and the colours and designs are so complex, I might never grasp the design and I am probably to lazy to draw the colours each time ;_;
And I have no name ideas, and BLAH BLAH BLAH
LIFE, Y U SO UNFAIR
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Chaosisx Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
I wanna have a pheasant OC too but now everyone is doing it and I don't wanna feel like a copycat :c
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MissingBlue Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Digital Artist
"common pheasants" are actualy called "ringneck pheasants". my family raises them. Nice desighns btw.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah i know but they are known as common pheasants aswell,

it was tough to decide what to call them here because they are usually just referred to as pheasants where I live since we don't have a native species


still very pretty birds but the call the male makes is so wierd XD
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MissingBlue Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013   Digital Artist
i know it is wiered and really REALLY anoying when it happens every 3 minutes... My family also raises lady amherst pheasants, golden pheasents, and we are possibly getting reeve's pheasants.
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Teelia Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   General Artist
I've got a ton of common pheasants where I live, just a few days ago they were in my yard again trying to steal some of my chickens' corn. :XD: I've always wanted to see a golden pheasant, you did a very good job with all of them! I can't wait to see part two! :love:

Oh darn, I have a pheasant character that I've never drawn digitally. ^^; I promise I never had stealing your character in mind! I've had him for a few years based off of a pheasant that used to visit our house...
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StormKun Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
we usto have golden/yellow pheasants :3
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X-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
thats really cool of you to help your fans out! 8D
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katie0202 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i remember seeing a golden pheasant in real life it was so beautiful!
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HetaJasmineFrost Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
Wow! I wish I could draw birds worth anything, but I can't... So... ._. If I could, I would want to make a pheasant character, but as I said, I can't draw birds worth anything DX
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CandlelightCarnivore Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
This is pretty cool, I should look into pheasant breeds more. . .
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Nutrea Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
The common pheasant is also called a ring necked pheasant, right? Also, if you like pheasants, check out this Lady Amethysr Pheasant [link] and Reeves Pheasant [link]
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yup they are but more people just call them common so i did'nt want to get confusing

and yup i have heard of them XD I'm a bit of a bird nerd and of late I am in love with pheasants

my favourite so far is a palawan peacock pheasant they are just divine though Himalayan pheasants are the ones I have had close encounters with and they are also beautiful
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Swift-The-Kitty Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh :DD Can I make a mix of that common pheasant and a lil bit of that golden pheasant, please?
(Sorry fir asking LD I just don't wanna copy anything or stuff c: )
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well that's what I did to get eyesore though i added some budgie for her summer coloring and cockatiel for her crest

go for it though
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Swift-The-Kitty Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] Thank you it helped a lot XD
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Swift-The-Kitty Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thanks.
Btw I love your new icon, it is so cute! <3
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Psycho-Owl Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad you made this; I agree that pheasant characters are great, but it was annoying seeing people who pretty much copied eyesore but just changed the colors X3 at least now there will be more variety :la:
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FaceOfTheWild Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
We have wild pheasants here, and my auntie owns some golden pheasants. They're so purdy C:
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Titan-Sushi Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
they soo bea-ut-i-ful :3
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TanzyTanz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I will so be making one! I always had this in mind; to have a character who was one of the pheasants that bullied Eyesore.
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet you could totally do that :3

actually there is one pheasant I need of a design and face and character of.

see there is one male pheasant who eyesore ends up falling for and although he likes her too status with other pheasants wont allow him to show it
long story short they 'go out' but when he runs in to some of his friends while with her he sort of turns in to a jerk and even though he doesn't mean it , its sort of the turning point for eyesore.


but of course that's a lot to ask so you don't have to do that XD

either way is good
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TanzyTanz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm up for that! It's a nice story!

And I like the new icon! Is that supposed to be you? It's cute!
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sweet! you can come up with any personality attitude and stuff I don't mind also the character will still be yours of course XD



and yeah it was just for my tumblr kn1ght0fspac3 but i liked it and spammed it on everything since i tend not to draw me often XD thanks
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TanzyTanz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool! I'm totally thinking that stereotypical high school 'quarterback of the football team' thing XD But a little nicer and stuff 8D

I see! You're really improving with humans. And I love your expression! It's cute c8
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mechanicalmasochist Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD sounds perfect~~


thanks I have been practicing but now I'm trying to avoid going anime as I do
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TanzyTanz Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep! But the name... hmmm.. wow, I helped you name Noose but now I'm the one with no ideas XD

We all try avoiding going anime, don't we?

Speaking of tumblr
i heard you are a superhero now
i would like to be your sidekick XD
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XxSoaringHeartxX Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
The lady Amherst Pheasant is also very colorful and pretty c: [link]
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