Pheasants are close relatives of wild chickens, quails and partridges. Photo about Japanese or Green Pheasant (Phasianus versicolor) male in Japan. Till now around thirty-five species of pheasants are discovered. And search more of iStock's library of royalty-free stock images that features Adult photos available for quick and easy download. The Japanese green pheasant is unique and it appears in Japanese folktale and so has become an integral part of Japanese cultural landscape. Image of animal, japan, head - 51600387 The national animal of Japan is the green pheasant. Your Japanese Green Pheasant stock images are ready. It is said that Green Pheasant is a messenger of Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess. Kelly McMullen in Louisiana and South Jordan Aviary in Utah had young birds for sale this past fall. The scientific name for the green pheasant is Phasianus Versicolor. I don't know if they still do. The Green Pheasant is rather large and considered the most suitable game bird and, in addition, its meat is delicious. The Green pheasant is similar in appearance to the Common Pheasant and sometimes the biologists consider it one of its subspecies. Amaterasu was the ruler of the heavens, so her association with the Pheasant made it a symbol of power, abundance and promise. Download this Japanese Or Green Pheasant photo now. The pheasants are found all across the Eurasia and North America too. Download all free or royalty-free photos and vectors. I presently have several Japanese green pheasants or true versicolors, not the green melanistic ringnecks so many incorrectly term Versicolors. It was also introduced in North America and Hawaii where it is domesticated as a game bird. The Green Pheasant, also called the Japanese Pheasant, is a native Pheasant of Japan where it’s the national bird. It must be quite rare that the national bird is a game species, but historically speaking, the bird has been indispensable to the life of the Japanese people. I spent hours on the internet inquiring and tracking down breeders that have them, and there ain't many!