Extraordinary Pheasants

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Fast on the feathers of Extraordinary Chickens, Stephen Green-Armytage is back with even more beautiful photographs, this time extolling the glories of the pheasant family. Among pheasants, the peacock with his magnificent fan of iridescent tail feathers is widely celebrated. Less well known but equally fine-feathered are the Long-tailed Mikado, the Satyr Tragopan, the Bornean Crested Fireback, and the Chinese Monal, only a few of the peacock's many exotic cousins. In gorgeous full-color photographs, ...
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Overview

Fast on the feathers of Extraordinary Chickens, Stephen Green-Armytage is back with even more beautiful photographs, this time extolling the glories of the pheasant family. Among pheasants, the peacock with his magnificent fan of iridescent tail feathers is widely celebrated. Less well known but equally fine-feathered are the Long-tailed Mikado, the Satyr Tragopan, the Bornean Crested Fireback, and the Chinese Monal, only a few of the peacock's many exotic cousins. In gorgeous full-color photographs, Green-Armytage captures the stunningly ornate plumage and surprising mix of the bizarre and the beautiful among more than 70 different varieties of pheasants. A brief but informative text offers an introduction to the birds and their habitats, and concise descriptions of the species follow the illustrations. Serious birders will certainly treasure this unique volume, but even the casual bird fancier will be captivated by the complex shapes, patterns, and colors -- from brown, red, yellow, and blue to bronze, purple, emerald, and pure white -- of the beautiful creatures gathered here.
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Photographer/author Green-Armytage here continues the photographic exploration of birds he began in his well-received Extraordinary Chickens. The domestic chicken actually originated from the Red Jungle Fowl, one of about 50 species, along with many subspecies and varieties, that make up the diverse, exotic, and mostly beautiful group of birds known as pheasants. The text consists of approximately 200 appealing full-color photographs, supplemented by a few pages of text on pheasant history and classification and brief descriptions of the species and varieties pictured. This volume could be described as a pheasant sampler for the general reader who would like to learn a little more about this group of birds and who also appreciates quality animal photography. There is no attempt to be comprehensive, but those familiar with only a few species and varieties beyond the Ringneck Pheasant and the Indian Blue Peafowl (peacock) will be pleased to discover many new and unusual birds, including the Tragopan, Koklass, Monal, Fireback, and Great Argus. Recommended for public libraries.-William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780810910072
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 9.32 (w) x 10.32 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Tragopans 14
Koklass 18
Cheer 19
Monals 20
Jungle Fowl 24
Eared Pheasants 28
Gallopheasants 32
Mixed Feathers 44
Long-Tailed Pheasants 46
True Pheasants 52
Ruffed Pheasants 58
Peacock Pheasants 66
Great Argus 70
Congo Pealfowl 72
Peafowl 74
Peacock Feathers 87
The Pheasant Family 90
Notes on Pheasant Species 99
Acknowledgments 111
Further Resources 111
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