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Welcome to gbwf.org, the internet resource for enthusiasts of Galliformes (Game Birds) & Anseriformes (WaterFowl). Celebrating 19 years in 2016, gbwf.org promotes conservation through aviculture, awareness of endangered species, husbandry education and interaction with fellow enthusiasts
What are Galliformes?
Galliformes are the order of birds that includes pheasants, peafowl, francolin, partridge, quail, grouse, turkey, guineafowl and cracids - more commonly referred to as game birds.
Galliformes have long been a part of our human culture and one species in particular, the
Red Junglefowl, may perhaps be the most important bird species in the world as they are the
ancestors of domestic chickens. Unfortunately, many species are vulnerable to man's
pressures on the environment and are now in danger of extinction. Responsible aviculture
can aid in the future survival for a number of species.
What are Anseriformes?
Anseriformes are the order of birds that includes two families - Anhimidae, the South American Screamers & Anatidae, the Ducks, Geese and Swans.
The primary focus of gbwf.org will be on Galliformes, but a wealth of information can be found at Harteman Wildfowl. A great site that promotes wild Anseriformes, Gruiformes (cranes and allies), Charadriiformes (shorebirds and seabirds) and Ciconiiformes (flamingo, egrets, ibis etc.).
What you will find on gbwf.org
Here at gbwf.org, you will find an introduction to natural history and avicultural data
of the galliformes of the world. A popular forum that allows enthusiasts to share
information and exchange surplus birds of all orders. Extensive web links, photo galleries, host of the HOAGBA site and more.
The gbwf pages/gbwf.org were created on May 26, 1997
and maintained by Dan Cowell. If you have any questions, suggestions or
comments, please use the contact form located here.
Please note, this site is not a catalog or price list, and any e-mails
requesting prices of birds that are found within this site will not be answered.
The avicultural data within the species accounts are an introduction to
galliforme aviculture, it is highly recommended and encouraged to increase
your knowledge about the birds listed here by following up on the recommended
reading sections on each page. All the aid with photographs and information
over the years is greatly appreciated. Full acknowledgement is noted where
work is used.
Disclaimer: Information found on the species accounts/fact sheets have come
from personal experience, personal communications, publications and books. The
information found within is designed as an introduction to game bird aviculture.
I cannot guarantee what has worked for one will work for another. These birds
can be unpredictable, and we learn something new from them every day. Those
interested in this hobby for the first time should check with their local
conservation departments for permit information before purchasing birds.
Remember, game birds are living creatures, not show pieces or ornaments.
We encourage all interested in this hobby to provide optimal care for their
birds. Beginners to this hobby should learn as much as they can from other
keepers, books and publications before purchasing birds. Many forums are
available through the internet, and many keepers will be happy to share
their personal experiences about a particular species. If you cannot properly
house or care for these birds, DO NOT buy any. We do not encourage
hybridization of any pure species or subspecies of wildlife. Responsible
animal ownership is the goal and education is the key. The webmaster of this
site does not offer any birds for sale. gbwf.org will always be a work in
progress, with new information added often. Advertisement opportunities are
available, please e-mail for more information.
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