Welcome to gbwf.org, the internet resource for enthusiasts of Galliformes (Game Birds) & Anseriformes ( Water Fowl). GBWF promotes conservation through aviculture, awareness of endangered species, husbandry education and interaction with fellow enthusiasts worldwide.
Here at GBWF.org, you will find an introduction to natural history and avicultural data of the galliformes of the world. We are currently working on adding and updating a comprehensive gallery to aid in identification of different species and sub-species. This will be released within the next upcomng months.
Not only are we expanding the resources available but the site is undergoing renovations to allow us to go mobile and in the near future we will also be adding new features to the site. We are looking forward to the planned growth this year and hope that users will benefit from all of the work that people have performed for us.
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.).
The GBWF pages/gbwf.org were originally created on May 26, 1997
and maintained by Dan Cowell. In 2016 the ownership of the website was transferred
to a fellow enthusiast with a committment and desire to maintain the site as an educational
resource for future generations. If you have any questions, suggestions or
comments, please contact us.
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.