Topic: Pheasant with missing tail

We have a male ring-necked pheasant eating sunflower seeds under the feeder at our house on Batts Lane; however his tail feathers are gone.  What could have happened to them?

Re: Pheasant with missing tail

I'm not sure if pheasants lose their tails like Mourning Doves, but ...  Mourning Doves basically autotomize (that's a fancy way of saying they let go of) their tails when a Cooper's Hawk or other predator grabs it.  I guess its better for a dove to let a predator have the tail rather than not lose the tail and the predator gets the rest of the dove.  A predator could have grabbed the pheasants tail and ... Too bad pheasants can't talk.