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- A taxonomic family within the order Galliformes — terrestrial, ground-living species of birds, consisting of the pheasants and partridges, including the junglefowl (including chicken), Old World quail, francolins, monals and peafowl.
- 1912, Garrett P. Serviss, The Second Deluge, Project Gutenberg, eBook
- it cut under the legs of one of the giant turkeys, and the latter, making a super-phasianidae-an effort, half leaped, half flapped its way upon the steps
- Sometimes additional families and birds are treated as being in this family, Tetraonidae (the grouse), Numididae (guineafowls), and Meleagrididae (turkeys) in Phasianidae as subfamilies
- 2006, Gill, F. and Wright, M., Birds of the World: Recommended English Names, Princeton University Press, ISBN 978-0691128276: