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

In 2017, GBWF will be celebrating 20 years on the Web! We are looking forward to many more!




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.).



Harteman Wildfowl



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 beauty and genius of a work of art may
be reconcieved, though it's first material
expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony
may yet again inspire the composer; but when
the last individual of a race of living things
breathes no more, another heaven and another
earth must pass before such a one can be again."

~William Beebe, 1906




Pennsylvania Avicultural Society



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 visit the forums.

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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