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Chicken-Like Birds: Galliformes

Conservation Status

Of all the galliform species, 104 are considered Threatened, at risk of extinction, or Near Threatened, could become threatened. Those under the greatest threat are pheasants and partridges. One, possibly two, species has become extinct since 1600. Hunting for adults and eggs is a serious threat to these game birds. Conservation efforts are being made throughout the world to stabilize populations, but habitat destruction is the primary threat. Those species that depend on forests are in the most critical danger, as logging for timber and clear-cutting for agriculture is on the rise.



Hehner, Mike, Chris Dorsey, and Greg Breining. North American Game Birds. Chanhassen, MN: Creative Publishing International, 2002.

Kaufman, Ken. Kingbird Highway: The Story of a Natural Obsession That Got a Little Out of Hand. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.


Smith, Doug. "Working for Wildlife; Pheasants: Forever or Not?" Star Tribune (May 3, 2004).

Web sites:

American Bird Conservancy. http://www.abcbirds.org (accessed on July 13, 2004).

"Galliformes." Earthlife. http://www.earthlife.net/birds/galliformes.html (accessed on June 1, 2004).

National Audubon Society. http://www.audubon.org (accessed on July 13, 2004).

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