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Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse:
A Guide to the Pheasants, Partridges, Quails, Grouse, Guineafowl, Buttonquails, and Sandgrouse of the World
Steve Madge & Phil McGowan
With Guy M. Kirwan

Winner of the 2002 Best Bird Families Book, Worldtwitch

Hardcover | 2002 | $110.00 | ($77.00) / £75.00 | (£52.50) | ISBN: 9780691089089
516 pp. | 6 x 9 | 72 color plates. 250 color maps.
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This guide brings together, for the first time within a single volume, a comprehensive review of all the world's pheasants, partridges, quails, grouse, turkeys, guineafowl, buttonquails, sandgrouse, and the enigmatic Plains-wanderer--over 250 species in all. The group includes some of the world's most familiar and beautiful birds, such as the Indian peafowl and the stunning tragopans, as well as some of the rarest and most threatened. This book concentrates on detailed identification and distribution, but also highlights conservation issues where relevant. The seventy-two color plates, by leading bird illustrators, show male, female, juvenile, and subspecies plumages, and form the finest set of illustrations of these birds to date. There is also a color distribution map for each species.

Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse is a landmark volume in the literature of this attractive and vulnerable group of birds.

  • Comprehensive identification guide to over 250 species of pheasants, partridges, and grouse throughout the world
  • Detailed text covering identification, description, geographical variation, voice, status, habitat and behavior, distribution, movements, and measurements
  • 72 color plates depicting male, female, juvenile, and subspecies plumages
  • Information on conservation issues
  • Glossary, index, reference, and bibliography


"This entire book must have been a labor of love for its authors. . . . [It] lets one appreciate the great beauty of these birds. . . . This new book satisfies my need to have close at hand a convenient world reference on one of my favorite groups of birds."--Paul A. Johnsgard, Birding


"This long-awaited book seems destined to be the authoritative work for years to come on this large and diverse group, which runs the gamut from some of the most familiar to some of the least-known, most spectacular, and most threatened of the world's birds. The comprehensive text incorporates much information that is new, revised, or previously overlooked, and the plates are attractive and well planned, even including never-before-illustrated plumages."--Pamela C. Rasmussen, Division of Birds, Smithsonian Institution

Table of Contents:

Preface 7
Systematic List of Species 8
Acknowledgments 15
Introduction 17
Style and Layout of the Book 19
Topography 21
Glossary 23
Colour Plates and Maps 25
Systematic Section 171
Bibliography 483
Index 476

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