The Pine Mongolian Pheasant drawing I’m sharing with you today is the work of the artist Henrik Grönvold (1858-1940). His work was included in a book released in 1912 that discussed pheasants in England, their breeding and hunting.
This bird drawing shows the bird standing in a field somewhat hidden by grasses and a rolling terrain. As their name suggests, these ring-necked pheasants are native to colder parts of China and generally live in areas that are also populated by pine trees.
These are hardy birds that can adjust to new environments fairly well – something particularly desirable according to the author of the book. They also tend to cross-breed very well. Their strong, white coverts (feathers on the wings) were in particular demand to be bred with Britain’s native pheasants.
This Pine Mongolian Pheasant drawing is of a male bird. The males can grow to as much as 36 inches long, the females are much smaller and generally won’t grow larger than 26 inches long.
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.