Family PHASIANIDAE

Family PHASIANIDAE.

Characters those of the Suborder. The division of this family into Subfamilies is one of considerable difficulty but it is so big a group that to retain all in one seems neither scientific nor desirable from the point of view of facility of study by the student. I retain therefore the divisions suggested by Beebee and adopted by myself in my ' Game-birds.' These follow four natural divisions containing (i) the Peafowl, (2) the Argus Pheasants, (3) the Pheasants and (4) the Partridges.

Key to Subfamilies. Moult of rectrices commencing:—

A.With the first pair ..............................Pavoninae, p. 281.
B.With the third pair..............................Argusianinae, p. 285.
C.With the outermost pair..............................Phasianinae, p. 293.
D.With the central pair..............................Perdicinae, p. 340.

Alternative Key to Subfamilies.

A.Feathers of tail, or tail-coverts, with large metallic ocelli.
A.Wing over 480 mm............... Pavoninae, p. 281.
B.Wing under 480 mm............... Argusianinae, p. 285.
B.No ocellations on tail or tail-coverts.
c.Wing over 200 mm.; tail longer than wing except in Lophohorus and Lophura……... Phasianinae, p. 293.
d.Wing under 200 mm. except Tragopan, Ithagenes and Tetraogallus; tail much
shorter than wing, except in Tragopan, in which they are equal............Perdicinae, p. 340.

Of the exceptions in this key Lophurus and Lophophorus are both big birds with crests and with a wing over 280 mm., a combination not occurring in the Perdicinae. In the latter Subfamily Ithagenes and Tetraogallus have the wing very much longer than the tail, whilst, birds of the genus Tragopan can always be distinguished by their fleshy horns and wattles.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds(second Edition)
Reference: 
Baker, EC S (1922–1930) The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Second edition. vol.5 1928.
Title in Book: 
Family PHASIANIDAE
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
Year: 
1928
Page No: 
284
M_ID: 
947
M_SN: 
Phasianidae
Volume: 
Vol. 5
Term name: 
id: 
4592

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