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The pheasant who came to tea; Golden visitor tame enough to be hand-fed.

Byline: Neil Atkinson Head of News neil.atkinson@examiner.co.uk

"HE sits on our fence as if to say: 'What's for tea?" e words of Brockholes woman Julia Connor about the mystery guest who has invited himself into her home every day for the past few days.

e bird, thought to be a golden pheasant, has become a regular at the Hagg Royd Lane home of Julia and husband Michael.

And he's so tame that Michael has been able to feed him by hand.

But the couple wonder if he has escaped from his proper home and if someone is looking for him.

"He rst turned up on Tuesday and seemed very tame.

"We put out some seed and he gobbled it up before going back into the woods behind the house, mak-mak ing a right racket.

"Michael was able to feed him seed from his hand and we think he's obviously used to people.

"He turns up every day, late afternoon, as if he's come for his tea.

"I just hope he doesn't turn up when our Cocker Spaniel dog is about as she is trained to hunt birds".

If you know anyone missing a golden pheasant contact the Examiner Newsdesk on 01484 437712.

CHINESE NATIVE WITH A TRULY COLOURFUL HISTORY THE Golden Pheasant or "Chinese Pheasant" is known as Chrysolophus pictus.

It is a gamebird of the order Galliformes (gallinaceous birds) and the family Phasianidae.

It is native to forests in mountainous areas of western China, but feral populations have been established in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.

In England they may be found in East Anglia in the dense forest landscape of the Breckland.

The adult male is 90-105cm in length, its tail accounting for two-thirds of the total length.

It is unmistakable with its golden crest and rump and bright red body.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 21, 2014
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