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Turkeys, Grouse, Pheasants & Partridges

The Turkeys, Grouse, Pheasants & Partridges (Phasianidae) is a large family of 183 mainly terrestrial, ground living speciesspecies.

They are variable in size and ranging from 43 g, in the case of the Asian Blue Quail, to 6 kg in the case of the Indian Peafowl. There is generally sexual dimorphism in size, with males tending to be larger than females. They are generally plump, with broad relatively short wings and strong legs. Many have a spur on their legs, a feature shared with guineafowl. The bill is short and generally strong, particularly in species that dig in order to obtain food. Males of the larger species often have brightly coloured plumage as well as facial ornamentations such as wattles or crests.

Several species of pheasant and partridge are extremely important to humans. The Red Junglefowl of Southeast Asia is the wild ancestor of the domesticated chicken, the most important bird in agriculture. Ring-necked Pheasants, several partridge and quail species and some francolins have been widely introduced and managed as game birds for hunting. Several species are threatened by human activities.

The family can be divided into four subfamilies:
-Asiatic Partridges (Rollulinae)
-Peacock-Pheasants (Polyplectroninae)
-Fowl, Francolins, Partridges, Quail (Gallinae)
-Pheasants, Grouse, Turkeys (Phasianinae)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Hazel Grouse (Tetrastes bonasia)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Western Capercaillie (Tetrao urogallus)
Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix)
Black Grouse (Lyrurus tetrix)
Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta)
Barbary Partridge (Alectoris barbara barbara)
Barbary Partridge (Alectoris barbara barbara)
Latham's Francolin (Peliperdix lathami)
Latham's Francolin (Peliperdix lathami)
Latham's Francolin (Peliperdix lathami)
Latham's Francolin (Peliperdix lathami)
Coqui Francolin (Peliperdix coqui)
Coqui Francolin (Peliperdix coqui)
Finsch's Francolin (Scleroptila finschi)
Finsch's Francolin (Scleroptila finschi)
Swierstra's Spurfowl (Pternistis swierstrai)
Swierstra's Spurfowl (Pternistis swierstrai)
Grey-striped Spurfowl (Pternistis griseostriatus)
Grey-striped Spurfowl (Pternistis griseostriatus)
Hildebrandt's Spurfowl (Pternistis hildebrandti)
Hildebrandt's Spurfowl (Pternistis hildebrandti)
Clapperton's Spurfowl (Pternistis clappertoni)
Clapperton's Spurfowl (Pternistis clappertoni)
Grey-breasted Spurfowl (Pternistis rufopictus)
Grey-breasted Spurfowl (Pternistis rufopictus)
Red-necked Spurfowl (Pternistis afer)
Red-necked Spurfowl (Pternistis afer)
Red-necked Spurfowl (Pternistis afer)
Red-necked Spurfowl (Pternistis afer)
Madagascar Partridge (Margaroperdix madagascarensis)
Madagascar Partridge (Margaroperdix madagascarensis)
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora raaltenii)
Brown Quail (Coturnix ypsilophora raaltenii)
Udzungwa Forest Partridge (Xenoperdix udzungwensis)
Udzungwa Forest Partridge (Xenoperdix udzungwensis)
Roll's Partridge (Arborophila rolli)
Roll's Partridge (Arborophila rolli)
Sumatran Partridge (Arborophila sumatrana)
Sumatran Partridge (Arborophila sumatrana)
Grey-breasted Partridge (Arborophila orientalis)
Grey-breasted Partridge (Arborophila orientalis)
Red-billed Partridge (Arborophila rubrirostris)
Red-billed Partridge (Arborophila rubrirostris)
Red Spurfowl (Galloperdix spadicea)
Red Spurfowl (Galloperdix spadicea)
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus)
Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus)
Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius)
Green Junglefowl (Gallus varius)
Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos)
Kalij Pheasant (Lophura leucomelanos)
Salvadori's Pheasant (Lophura inornata inornata)
Salvadori's Pheasant (Lophura inornata inornata)
Salvadori's Pheasant (Lophura inornata inornata)
Salvadori's Pheasant (Lophura inornata inornata)
Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi)
Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi)
Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi)
Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi)
Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi)
Siamese Fireback (Lophura diardi)
Sumatran Peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron chalcurum)
Sumatran Peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron chalcurum)
Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus muticus)
Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus muticus)
Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus muticus)
Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus muticus)
Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus imperator)
Green Peafowl (Pavo muticus imperator)