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Extraordinary pheasants
Green-Armytage, Stephen.
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Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : H.N. Abrams, 2002.
Physical Description:
111 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
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QL696.G27 G74 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The author and photographer who brought Abrams Extraordinary Chickens (now in its fourth printing) is back with another singular and charming book. With gorgeous color photographs and informative text, Stephen Green-Armytage turns his attention to the pheasant family, capturing with his camera pheasants of all sizes, shapes, and colors and illuminating gorgeous feather patterns and other decorative details worthy of French fabric designers. The varieties included range from the noble Ringneck pheasant, so popular with hunters, to the gorgeous Congo peacock. Breeders and enthusiasts will find this volume a treasure they must own; for others it will be a revelation, worth having for the sheer enjoyment of the striking photographs and the amazing birds they portray.

Author Notes

Stephen Green-Armytage is the author and photographer of Abrams' extraordinarily popular Extraordinary Chickens as well as the delightful children's book Dudley: The Little Terrier That Could. In addition to his many advertising and corporate assignments, he has photographed well-known politicians, athletes, and other celebrities, and his work has appeared in numerous books and periodicals, including Sports Illustrated, Life, Fortune, Smithsonian, and various European magazines. He lives in New York City

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Green-Armytage, author of Extraordinary Chickens (2000), presents another photo album of beautifully plumaged birds. While not aiming for an encyclopedic treatment of pheasants and instead looking for ways to capture their finery, the author has still assembled a wonderful overview of these gorgeous birds. Ranging from the tragopans, with their blindingly colorful facial skin, to the monals, with iridescent plumage, all the birds pictured will delight the eye. The text gives a brief history and classification of the pheasant family, with notes on the individual species or forms pictured. This beautiful book will find a readership in both bird lovers and fans of marvelous photography. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Photographer/author Green-Armytage here continues the photographic exploration of birds he began in his well-received Extraordinary Chickens. The domestic chicken actually originated from the Red Jungle Fowl, one of about 50 species, along with many subspecies and varieties, that make up the diverse, exotic, and mostly beautiful group of birds known as pheasants. The text consists of approximately 200 appealing full-color photographs, supplemented by a few pages of text on pheasant history and classification and brief descriptions of the species and varieties pictured. This volume could be described as a pheasant sampler for the general reader who would like to learn a little more about this group of birds and who also appreciates quality animal photography. There is no attempt to be comprehensive, but those familiar with only a few species and varieties beyond the Ringneck Pheasant and the Indian Blue Peafowl (peacock) will be pleased to discover many new and unusual birds, including the Tragopan, Koklass, Monal, Fireback, and Great Argus. Recommended for public libraries.-William H. Wiese, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
Tragopansp. 14
Koklassp. 18
Cheerp. 19
Monalsp. 20
Jungle Fowlp. 24
Eared Pheasantsp. 28
Gallopheasantsp. 32
Mixed Feathersp. 44
Long-Tailed Pheasantsp. 46
True Pheasantsp. 52
Ruffed Pheasantsp. 58
Peacock Pheasantsp. 66
Great Argusp. 70
Congo Pealfowlp. 72
Peafowlp. 74
Peacock Feathersp. 87
The Pheasant Familyp. 90
Notes on Pheasant Speciesp. 99
Acknowledgmentsp. 111
Further Resourcesp. 111