Order Galliformes

Family Phasianidae

Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse
Following the taxonomy applied to HBW Alive, derived from the recently published HBW and BirdLife International Illustrated Checklist of the Birds of the World, this family now contains species that were formerly considered to comprise the families Turkeys (Meleagrididae) and Grouse (Tetraonidae). See links for information on these groups.
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Includes, in Tetraonini, all taxa that have commonly been separated in families Meleagrididae and Tetraonidae.

  • Small to large terrestrial birds, with plump body, short, stout bill, short, rounded wings and short or very long tail; plumage drab or spectacular.
  • Old World, with greatest diversity in SE Asia and Africa.
  • Open areas or forest, from sea-level up to snow-line.
  • 14-250 cm.
  • 51 genera, 187 species, 577 taxa.
  • 38 species threatened;
    1, probably 2, species extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Bonan, A. (2020). Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52221 on 28 January 2020).