A group of wild turkeys in woodland amongst the leaf litter

Pheasants and partridges

Pheasants, partridges and their relatives are a family of birds, whose members range in size from the massive domestic turkey to the tiny quail. Chickens, grouse and peacocks number among its members.

Scientific name: Phasianidae

Rank: Family

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Map showing the distribution of the Pheasants and partridges taxa

The shading illustrates the diversity of this group - the darker the colour the greater the number of species. Data provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

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  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Gamebirds
  6. Pheasants and partridges

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