Casey A. Wood describes the works of "this important and versatile naturalist" as "mostly rare", and "commonly regarded with despair by the cataloguer". At the outset of the Vollständigste Naturgeschichte, Reichenbacher intended to cover the entire avian world (a task he left incomplete), but was frequently adding new sections, different title pages, and new classifications, leading J.T. Zimmer to state in desperation: "I can find no complete and accurate collation of the various components." The most accurate bibliography of his works is said to be A.B. Mayer's Index zu L. Reichenbach's Ornithologischen Werke. Wood describes this as: "a more or less successful effort ... to bring order out of the author's literary chaos."