The males are usually larger than the females and also have longer tails. Phasianus diverged from the genus Gallus, the genus of junglefowl and domesticated chickens, about 20 million years ago. Black Pheasant Pheasant is a large, long-tailed game birds with unique characteristics. The remainder of the habitat should include some wetlands, grassland, and woodland or brushy thickets. The males have highly decoration with bright colors and adornments such as wattles. These large, beautiful pheasants feature an iridescent, greenish-black plumage. The black pheasant I've seen were originally developed in France, and are black, showing little of the background colour as in melanistics. The genus name comes from Latin phasianus, "pheasant". The species name colchicus is Latin for "of Colchis" (modern day Georgia), a country on the Black Sea where pheasants became known to Europeans. As shelley says Japanese Greens are darker (and smaller) than the usual pheasant. 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