Pheasants of the World: Biology and Natural History / Edition 2

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Among the most important of all bird groups, pheasants account for the most abundant domesticated species (the domestic fowl), the most extensively hunted upland game bird (the common pheasant), and some of the most spectacularly beautiful of all large birds (the giant argus). This lavishly illustrated volume gives up-to-date information on the distribution, status, and biology of all 49 species, with special attention paid to those that are vulnerable, rare, or threatened. Including range maps and identification keys, The Pheasants of the World is a comprehensive reference not only for ornithologists and conservationists seeking to ensure the survival of the group, but also for aviculturists and others who want to better understand the nature of these splendid birds.

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“The exquisite watercolors of Major Henry Jones, housed since 1921 in the Zoological Society of London, provided the impetus for the publication of this scholarly volume on pheasant biology. Renowned ornithologist Johnsgard updates the literature on pheasants by emphasizing their ecology and breeding biology. . . . Numerous maps, line drawings, and 53 color plates which celebrate the brilliance and subtlety of the pheasant plumage complete this handsome volume. For students and professionals in ornithology and related disciplines.”—Library Journal
Johnsgard (biology, U. of Nebraska) has written several books about birds for the Smithsonian. Here he looks at a group that has been one of the most important to humans throughout history as both domestic fowl and game birds. He describes evolutionary history and relationships, social behavior, habitats and population densities, food and foraging behavior, movements and migrations, and reproductive biology. He is particularly concerned about their conservation status, which he says has declined in the 15 years since the first edition. He includes either a color photograph or a classic color drawing of each species, and many line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560988397
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1999
  • Edition description: Subsequent
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,472,209
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 1.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul A. Johnsgard is Foundation Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is the author of Hawks, Eagles, and Falcons of North America: Biology and Natural History (Smithsonian, 2001) and North American Owls: Biology and Natural History, Second Edition (Smithsonian, 2002).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Pt. 1 Comparative Biology 1
1 Relationships and Classification 3
2 Hybridization and Zoogeographic Patterns 11
3 Growth and Behavioral Development 22
4 General and Social Behavior 35
5 Ecology and Population Biology 45
6 Comparative Mating Systems and Social Signaling Devices 58
7 Reproductive Biology 66
8 Aviculture and Conservation 76
Pt. 2 Taxonomic Keys and Species Accounts 85
Keys to Classification of the Family Phasianidae 87
Genus Ithaginis Wagler 1832 90
Genus Tragopan Cuvier 1829 100
Genus Pucrasia G. R. Gray 1841 134
Genus Lophophorus Temminck 1813 143
Genus Gallus Brisson 1760 160
Genus Crossoptilon Hodgson 1838 179
Genus Lophura Fleming 1822 194
Genus Catreus Cabanis 1851 245
Genus Syrmaticus Wagler 1832 251
Genus Phasianus Linne 1758 273
Genus Chrysolophus J. E. Gray 1834 294
Genus Polyplectron Temminck 1813 304
Genus Rheinartia Maingounat 1882 337
Genus Argusianus Rafinesque 1815 344
Genus Pavo Linne 1758 355
Genus Afropavo Chapin 1936 366
App Derivations of Scientific and Vernacular Names of Pheasants 373
Bibliography 375
Index 393
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