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This chapter covers game species from the Galliformes. Some of these species are not indigenous to the British Isles but have become established over several centuries. Many are farmed semi-intensively prior to release, such as pheasants and partridges, and are therefore not truly wild. This chapter covers: ecology and biology; anatomy and physiology; capture, handling and transportation; clinical assessment; first aid and hospitalization; anaesthesia and analgesia; specific conditions; therapeutics; husbandry; rehabilitation and release; and legal considerations.

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27.1 (a) Male (right) and female (left) pheasants. (b) Red-legged partridge. (c) Grey partridge. (d) Red grouse. (© Andrew Kelly)
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27.3 Captive pheasants. The Reeves pheasant (; left) is a non-native species and may not be released. The common pheasant is on the right and, although not technically native, is releasable. (Courtesy of Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital)
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27.4 The feet of a male pheasant, showing the prominent spurs. (© John Chitty)
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27.5 Correct handling technique for an adult female pheasant. The index and middle fingers are held around the wings whilst the ring and little fingers hold the upper legs. (© John Chitty)
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27.6 (a) This male common pheasant presented with chronic unilateral lameness and severe weight loss. (b) The contralateral foot showed evidence of pododermatitis and the bird was euthanased. (Courtesy of Emma Keeble)
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27.8 Post-mortem examination of a pheasant. The white nodular lesions visible on the liver are due to mycobacteriosis (avian tuberculosis). (© John Chitty)
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27.9 sinusitis in a red-legged partridge. (© John Chitty)
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