The Phasianidae is a family of birds which consists of the pheasants and their allies.
These are terrestrial species, variable in size but generally plump, with broad relatively short wings. Many have a spur on their legs.
Males of the larger species are often brightly coloured. The typical diet is seeds with some insects and berries.
This large family has several groups, some of which correspond to a genus, others being loose collections of not particularly closely related genera.
The groups are listed below, together with other members of the gamebird family, with the genus where appropriate:
- ORDER GALLIFORMES
- Family Megapodidae: mound-builders
- Family Cracidae: chachalacas, guans and curassows
- Family Tetraonidae: grouse
- Family Odontophoridae: New World quail
- Family Numididae: guineafowl
- Family Meleagrididae: turkeys
- Family Mesitornithidae: mesites
- Family Phasianidae
- Perdix (more)