US Geological Survey


Date of this Version



Published in The Prairie Naturalist 35(2): June 2003. Published by the Great Plains Natural Science Society


The newest edition of Johnsgard's overview of the pheasants of the world is arranged in two parts, as was the first edition. Part One is entitled Comparative Biology and is divided into eight chapters: relationships and classification, hybridization and zoogeographic patterns, growth and behavioral development, general and social behavior, ecology and population biology, comparative mating systems and social signaling devices, reproductive biology, and aviculture and conservation. Part Two, Taxonomic Keys and Species Accounts, forms the bulk of the text. Part Two begins with keys to subfamilies, tribes, and the 16 genera. An account for each species follows the generic key. The species accounts include distributions of the subspecies (including range maps), measurements, narrative descriptions to aid in identification, ecology and general biology, reproduction, and a section on status and conservation outlook.