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Welcome to, the internet resource for enthusiasts of Galliformes (Game Birds) & Anseriformes (WaterFowl). Celebrating 19 years in 2016, promotes conservation through aviculture, awareness of endangered species, husbandry education and interaction with fellow enthusiasts worldwide.

Dear friends, visitors and supporters of GBWF - This is an official informal announcement/notification that GBWF has been sold and is now under new ownership. Please note that we are working with Dan Cowell to make this transition as smooth and seamless as possible and we will provide periodic updates regarding the transition. We will also be providing additional updates with respects to the future direction of GBWF. Our hope is to continue this website as an educational resource for many years to come.

Please bear with us while we undergo a domain migration on the website. More info will be coming soon.
We are currently working on getting expired links updated and the forums back up and running. We appreciate your patience.

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 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.).

Harteman Wildfowl

What you will find on

Here at, 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.

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The gbwf pages/ 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. will always be a work in progress, with new information added often. Advertisement opportunities are available, please e-mail for more information. Adobe reader will be required for viewing some of the content on





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