(Numididae; Ϯ Black Guineafowl P. niger) Gr. φασιδος phasidos  of a pheasant  < φασιανος phasianos  pheasant (cf. Med. L. Phasidos gallus  pheasant, Phasian cock); "Genus PHASIDUS.  Allied to Numida, Linn. and to Agelastus, Temm.  Bill strong, curved, rather wide and rounded at the tip; wing moderate; fifth and sixth primaries longest; tertiaries longer than primaries; tail moderate; tarsus stout, with large, somewhat rounded or hexagonal scales in front; toes rather long, claws long, stout. Head naked, except a longitudinal stripe on the top of the head.     47. PHASIDUS NIGER, nobis  ...  The general appearance of this bird is not unlike that of Gallophasis purpureus, Gray, but is generically distinct." (Cassin 1857); "Phasidus Cassin, Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Phila., 8, 1857, p. 322. Type, by monotypy, Phasidus niger Cassin." (Peters 1934, II, 133).
Var. Pharides.

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 19 January 2019).