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Movements and Behavior of Hen Pheasants during the Nesting Season

Thomas L. Kuck, Robert B. Dahlgren and Donald R. Progulske
The Journal of Wildlife Management
Vol. 34, No. 3 (Jul., 1970), pp. 626-630
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Wildlife Society
DOI: 10.2307/3798872
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3798872
Page Count: 5
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Movements and Behavior of Hen Pheasants during the Nesting Season
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Abstract

Five hen pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) on a state-owned public shooting area in east-central South Dakota were fitted with 151 mHz radio transmitters during spring and summer periods of 1965 and 1966. Two of them, radio-equipped while in early stages of incubation, successfully renested and brought off broods. Ranges of five hens were 20-52 acres and averaged 30.8. Eggs were laid after midday and time spent on the nest increased with number of eggs laid. Hens usually left the nest for about an hour in the afternoon. Brood-rearing was restricted to 5-10 acres around the nest for the first 3 weeks. The renesting interval for two hens was 10 and 11 days and renests were approximately 485 and 578 ft from the first.

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