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Galliformes - Turkeys, Pheasants, Quails

laughing gull


 Phylum: Chordata
 Class: Aves
 Order: Galliformes

Fulvous Whistling DuckThere are five families in this order and over 250 species. These birds are chicken-like in shape. They range in size from small to large; have plump, pear-shaped bodies; rounded wings; small bills; and small, round heads. Some species, like the turkey, have wattles on their necks.

They can be found around the world except for in Antarctica and they live in a wide variety of habitats including forests, deserts, and grasslands.

They eat a variety of foods including: plants, seeds, leaves, insects, lizards, worms, and rodents. Many of the species in this order have been domesticated, others are hunted as game birds.

galleryGalliformes Photo Gallery


  Cracidae (curassows, guans)
  Megapodiidae (brush-turkeys)
  Numididae (guineafowl)

  Odontophoridae (quails, bobwhites)
  Phasianidae (pheasants, turkeys)