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Swainson's Spurfowl Pternistis swainsonii ©Trevor Hardaker Website

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

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Ruffed Grouse - Woodland Drummer

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

ISBN: 0811731227

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Svalbard Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus mutus hyperboreus

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

ISBN: 8276662250

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The Grouse

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

ISBN: 171125

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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…