this bird and his family are easily recognizable, even if you've never seen this particular species before
), also known as Burma francolin, photographed in Hong Kong, China.
Image:. Marie-Louise Ng, 14 August 2011 (with permission) [velociraptorize]
Question: this bird and his family share several other morphological structures in its taxonomic family. What are the similarities? Can you name this species?
. This bird is a member of the family of the ancient world, the Phasianidae, pheasants and partridges. This family includes the rooster (chicken range particularly familiar), the Old World quail, peacocks and monal. Some authorities also include Grouse (black grouse), the African Numididae (guinea fowl) and the New World Meleagrididae (turkeys) in Phasianidae.
Phasianidae are placed in taxonomic order, Galliformes. The Phasianidae are terrestrial species that live because they are generally overweight, with broad relatively short wings and strong legs. The beak is short, strong and has a curved edge. This group often shows sexual dimorphism, with males than females. The males of larger species tend to have colorful plumage and spectacular and extravagant facial ornaments such as beards or crests. Phasianidae many have a spur on their legs, a characteristic shared with Guinea hens and turkeys (and perhaps led those genres that are included with the Phasianidae).
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