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Pheasants of the World : Biology and Natural History (Subsequent) (Hardcover) (Paul A. Johnsgard)

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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.
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 (booknews.com)
Edition: Subsequent
Number of Pages: 398
Genre: Nature
Sub-Genre: Birds + Birdwatching
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Random House Inc
Author: Paul A. Johnsgard
Language: English
Street Date: August 1, 1999
TCIN: 11791958
UPC: 9781560988397
Item Number (DPCI): 248-22-8415
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