Turkey, grouse, chicken, quail, partridge, pheasant order: galliformes

The members of the order Galliformes occur worldwide and in a variety of habitats, including forests, deserts and grassland.

The Order Galliformes contains five bird families:

  • Phasiandidae (including chicken, quail, partridges, pheasants, turkeys, and grouse)
  • Odontophoridae (New World quails)
  • Numididae (guineafowl)
  • Cracidae (including chachalacas and curassows)
  • Megapodiidae (incubator birds like mallee fowl and brush-turkey)

Description

They are generally chicken-like in appearance. Their bodies are rounded and their wings blunt. They range in size from 15 cm (6 inches) to 120 cm (4 feet).

These males generally are more colorful than females.

They are usually found on the ground, as they prefer not to fly. They prefer walking and are skilled runners.

 

Emerging Hatchling

Description

This little chick had some problems hatching. I assisted by gently peeling away the egg shell being careful about not breaking / causing injury to the membrane, which could result in bleeding and death. For the longest time nothing but the chick's long toes were visible ...

Emerging Hatchling