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Published in World Pheasant Association Journal 11 (1986), pp. 21-28.


Because of their extraordinarily diverse beauty and importance as sporting birds, pheasants and their relatives have been the subjects of many of the world's finest ornithological books, some of which also rank as among the most valuable from a book-collector's viewpoint. It is the purpose of this brief review to mention some of the landmark books or technical monographs dealing with major groups of Galliformes, both from the standpoints of their informational contents and their relative availability or collector's value. Emphasis is placed on English-language publications, although a few important recent German publications are mentioned.

Probably any review of galliform books should begin with that of D.G. Elliot, ...

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