Does anyone know what a hen ringneck pheasant sounds like?
I live in San Diego County, CA. Today I heard a bird, hidden in thick chaparral, clucking like a chicken. I couldn’t see it at all. It was a series of four clucks, silence, then four more clucks. It was a bit higher-pitched and more rapid than a chicken. Definitely a gallinaceous bird of some type; but certainly not a California quail, our only resident Galliformes here.
I’m guessing it was a hen ringneck pheasant. The so-called “state wildlife refuge” down the road from us a bit annually dumps out a few hundred pheasants for kids to shoot, and a few escapees have made it to our place before- but all the ones I’ve seen and heard in the past have been cocks. I can’t find any online hen pheasant recordings. Can anyone point me to one, or confirm the sound a hen pheasant makes?
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