Fatbirder - linking birders worldwide...


Swainson's Spurfowl Pternistis swainsonii © Trevor Hardaker http://www.hardaker.co.za

There are now generally considered to be 181 species of grouse, partridges, snowcocks, pheasants, spurfowl, francolins, quail and allies in the family Phasianidae, which are:

Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
Ocellated Turkey Meleagris ocellata

Ruffed Grouse Bonasa umbellus

Hazel Grouse Tetrastes bonasia
Severtzov's Grouse Tetrastes sewerzowi

Siberian Grouse Falcipennis falcipennis
Spruce Grouse Falcipennis canadensis

Western Capercaillie Tetrao urogallus
Black-billed Capercaillie Tetrao parvirostris

Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix
Caucasian Grouse Lyrurus mlokosiewiczi

Sage Grouse Centrocercus urophasianus
Gunnison Grouse Centrocercus minimus

Dusky Grouse Dendragapus obscurus
Sooty Grouse Dendragapus fuliginosus

Sharp-tailed Grouse Tympanuchus phasianellus
Lesser Prairie Chicken Tympanuchus pallidicinctus
Greater Prairie Chicken Tympanuchus cupido

White-tailed Ptarmigan Lagopus leucura
Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus muta
Willow Ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus

Snow Partridge Lerwa lerwa

Verreaux's Monal-Partridge Tetraophasis obscurus
Szechenyi's Monal-Partridge Tetraophasis szechenyii
Caucasian Snowcock Tetraogallus caucasicus
Caspian Snowcock Tetraogallus caspius
Himalayan Snowcock Tetraogallus himalayensis
Tibetan Snowcock Tetraogallus tibetanus
Altai Snowcock Tetraogallus altaicus

Rock Partridge Alectoris graeca
Chukar Partridge Alectoris chukar
Przevalski's Partridge Alectoris magna
Philby's Partridge Alectoris philbyi
Barbary Partridge Alectoris barbara
Red-legged Partridge Alectoris rufa
Arabian Partridge Alectoris melanocephala

See-see Partridge Ammoperdix griseogularis
Sand Partridge Ammoperdix heyi

Stone Partridge Ptilopachus petrosus
Nahan's Francolin Ptilopachus nahani

Black Francolin Francolinus francolinus
Painted Francolin Francolinus pictus
Chinese Francolin Francolinus pintadeanus
Grey Francolin Francolinus pondicerianus
Swamp Francolin Francolinus gularis

Forest Francolin Peliperdix lathami
Coqui Francolin Peliperdix coqui
White-throated Francolin Peliperdix albogularis
Schlegel's Francolin Peliperdix schlegelii

Ring-necked Francolin Scleroptila streptophora
Grey-winged Francolin Scleroptila africana
Red-winged Francolin Scleroptila levaillantii
Finsch's Francolin Scleroptila finschi
Shelley's Francolin Scleroptila shelleyi
Moorland Francolin Scleroptila psilolaema
Orange River Francolin Scleroptila levaillantoides

Crested Francolin Dendroperdix sephaena

Scaly Francolin Pternistis squamatus
Ahanta Francolin Pternistis ahantensis
Grey-striped Francolin Pternistis griseostriatus
Hildebrandt's Francolin Pternistis hildebrandti
Double-spurred Francolin Pternistis bicalcaratus
Heuglin's Francolin Pternistis icterorhynchus
Clapperton's Francolin Pternistis clappertoni
Harwood's Francolin Pternistis harwoodi
Swierstra's Francolin Pternistis swierstrai
Mount Cameroon Francolin Pternistis camerunensis
Handsome Francolin Pternistis nobilis
Jackson's Francolin Pternistis jacksoni
Chestnut-naped Francolin Pternistis castaneicollis
Djibouti Francolin Pternistis ochropectus
Erckel's Francolin Pternistis erckelii
Hartlaub's Spurfowl Pternistis hartlaubi
Red-billed Spurfowl Pternistis adspersus
Cape Spurfowl Pternistis capensis
Natal Spurfowl Pternistis natalensis
Yellow-necked Spurfowl Pternistis leucoscepus
Grey-breasted Spurfowl Pternistis rufopictus
Red-necked Spurfowl Pternistis afer
Swainson's Spurfowl Pternistis swainsonii

Grey Partridge Perdix perdix
Daurian Partridge Perdix dauurica
Tibetan Partridge Perdix hodgsoniae

Long-billed Partridge Rhizothera longirostris
Hose's Partridge Rhizothera dulitensis

Madagascar Partridge Margaroperdix madagascariensis

Black Partridge Melanoperdix niger

Common Quail Coturnix coturnix
Japanese Quail Coturnix japonica
Rain Quail Coturnix coromandelica
Harlequin Quail Coturnix delegorguei
Stubble Quail Coturnix pectoralis
Brown Quail Coturnix ypsilophora

King Quail Excalfactoria chinensis
Blue Quail Excalfactoria adansonii

Snow Mountains Quail Anurophasis monorthonyx

Jungle Bush Quail Perdicula asiatica
Rock Bush Quail Perdicula argoondah
Painted Bush Quail Perdicula erythrorhyncha
Manipur Bush Quail Perdicula manipurensis

Udzungwa Forest Partridge Xenoperdix udzungwensis

Hill Partridge Arborophila torqueola
Rufous-throated Partridge Arborophila rufogularis
White-cheeked Partridge Arborophila atrogularis
Taiwan Partridge Arborophila crudigularis
Chestnut-breasted Partridge Arborophila mandellii
Bar-backed Partridge Arborophila brunneopectus
Sichuan Partridge Arborophila rufipectus
White-necklaced Partridge Arborophila gingica
Orange-necked Partridge Arborophila davidi
Chestnut-headed Partridge Arborophila cambodiana
Siamese Partridge Arborophila diversa
Malaysian Partridge Arborophila campbelli
Roll's Partridge Arborophila rolli
Sumatran Partridge Arborophila sumatrana
Grey-breasted Partridge Arborophila orientalis
Chestnut-bellied Partridge Arborophila javanica
Red-billed Partridge Arborophila rubrirostris
Red-breasted Partridge Arborophila hyperythra
Hainan Partridge Arborophila ardens
Scaly-breasted Partridge Arborophila charltonii
Green-legged Partridge Arborophila chloropus

Ferruginous Partridge Caloperdix oculeus

Crimson-headed Partridge Haematortyx sanguiniceps

Crested Partridge Rollulus rouloul

Mountain Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola fytchii
Chinese Bamboo Partridge Bambusicola thoracicus

Red Spurfowl Galloperdix spadicea
Painted Spurfowl Galloperdix lunulata
Sri Lanka Spurfowl Galloperdix bicalcarata

Blood Pheasant Ithaginis cruentus

Western Tragopan Tragopan melanocephalus
Satyr Tragopan Tragopan satyra
Blyth's Tragopan Tragopan blythii
Temminck's Tragopan Tragopan temminckii
Cabot's Tragopan Tragopan caboti

Koklass Pheasant Pucrasia macrolopha

Himalayan Monal Lophophorus impejanus
Sclater's Monal Lophophorus sclateri
Chinese Monal Lophophorus lhuysii

Red Junglefowl Gallus gallus
Grey Junglefowl Gallus sonneratii
Sri Lanka Junglefowl Gallus lafayetii
Green Junglefowl Gallus varius

Kalij Pheasant Lophura leucomelanos
Silver Pheasant Lophura nycthemera
Edwards's Pheasant Lophura edwardsi
Vietnamese Pheasant Lophura hatinhensis
Swinhoe's Pheasant Lophura swinhoii
Hoogerwerf's Pheasant Lophura hoogerwerfi
Salvadori's Pheasant Lophura inornata
Crestless Fireback Lophura erythrophthalma
Crested Fireback Lophura ignita
Siamese Fireback Lophura diardi
Bulwer's Pheasant Lophura bulweri

White Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon crossoptilon
Tibetan Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon harmani
Brown Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon mantchuricum
Blue Eared Pheasant Crossoptilon auritum

Cheer Pheasant Catreus wallichi

Elliot's Pheasant Syrmaticus ellioti
Mrs. Hume's Pheasant Syrmaticus humiae
Mikado Pheasant Syrmaticus mikado
Copper Pheasant Syrmaticus soemmerringii
Reeves's Pheasant Syrmaticus reevesii

Common Pheasant Phasianus colchicus
Green Pheasant Phasianus versicolor

Golden Pheasant Chrysolophus pictus
Lady Amherst's Pheasant Chrysolophus amherstiae

Bronze-tailed Peacock-Pheasant Polyplectron chalcurum
Mountain Peacock-Pheasant Polyplectron inopinatum
Germain's Peacock-Pheasant Polyplectron germaini
Grey Peacock-Pheasant Polyplectron bicalcaratum
Malayan Peacock-Pheasant Polyplectron malacense
Bornean Peacock-Pheasant Polyplectron schleiermacheri
Palawan Peacock-Pheasant Polyplectron napoleonis

Crested Argus Rheinardia ocellata

Great Argus Argusianus argus

Indian Peafowl Pavo cristatus
Green Peafowl Pavo muticus

Congo Peacock Afropavo congensis

Family Links

Grouse & Allies Tetraonidae


Family account…

Grouse & Allies Tetraonidae


Links to several species…

Pheasants & Allies Phasianidae


Links to a number of species…

Pheasants & Allies Phasianidae


Full Family account

Species Links

Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix


The sight and sound of black grouse in the hills are an experience that, once witnessed, is rarely forgotten. Whether you're a farmer, forester, gamekeeper, landowner or birdwatcher, we hope that this website will provide the information you need to ensure that experience remains for future generations…

Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix


Species profile with image and UK status and distribution…

Common Quail Coturnix coturnix


Pictures, sonograms etc.

Djibouti Francolin Francolinus ochropectus

Species Account

Species profile and conservation status etc…

Willow Grouse Lagopus lagopus


Fact sheet…

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 181

Useful Reading

Extraordinary Pheasants

by Stephen Green-Armytage - 111 pages, col photos. Harry N Abrams 2002

ISBN: 0810910071

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Grouse of the World

by Roald Potapov & Richard Sale | Hardback | Nov 2013 | New Holland Publishers | 408 pages, colour photos, 93 colour & b/w illustrations, 19 colour distribution maps

ISBN: 9781780092508

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Pheasants, Partridges & Grouse

A Guide to the Pheasants, Partridges, Quails, Grouse, Guineafowl, Buttonquails and Sandgrouse of the World by Steve Madge & Phil McGowan Helm 2002
See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 0713639660

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Ruffed Grouse - Woodland Drummer

by Michael Furtman 143 pages, 68 col photos, 1 map. Stackpole Books 2004

ISBN: 0811731227

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Svalbard Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus mutus hyperboreus

- A status report. S Unander et al, Norsk Polarinstitute, 2005

ISBN: #166446A

Buy this book from NHBS.com

The Grouse

- Artists' Impressions S Gudgeon, K Sykes and B Hoskyns - 148 pages, illus. Quiller Publishing

ISBN: 171125

Buy this book from NHBS.com


The Black Grouse


The purpose of this blog is to provide a regular update of bird and nature sightings across Clwyd, plus news and views on all things wild and beyond…

Other Links

Faisanes del Mundo


Spanish site about Pheasants…

Pheasants & Peafowl


Pheasants are among the world's most beautiful birds. All but one of the approximately 49 species, and many more subspecies, of pheasants are native to Asia. They inhabit a variety of habitats, from the snowy Himalayas to the steamy jungles of Indonesia…