Degland was born at Armentières, and lived in Lille for most of his life, where he was the chief of the Hôpital Saint-Sauveur, and where he died. He participated in the founding of the Lille Natural History Museum, which owed much of its original zoological collection to purchases he made. He published a catalogue of the museums beetles in 1821, and a two-volume catalogue of the birds of France and Europe in 1849. With Zéphirin Gerbe, he was co-author of Ornithologie européenne, ou, Catalogue descriptif, analytique et raisonné des oiseaux observés en Europe (second edition, 1867).
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- Note: The first edition of Ornithologie européenne was published by Degland as its sole author in 1849; the second edition (1867) was published by Gerbe several years after Degland's death.
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