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Game Birds - the Galliformes

A206 Gamebirds & Fowl - The Galliformes
    This is an order / clade of heavy-bodied, ground-feeding birds. It includes turkey, grouse, chicken, quail, ptarmigan, partridge, and pheasant. There are around 290 species. All are skilled runners that can fly only a few hundred feet when escaping danger. Because of this limitation, they do not migrate. Males often have elaborate courtship behaviors that include strutting, fluffing of tail or head feathers, and vocal sounds.
   Many species are raised as gamebirds by humans for their meat and eggs. Others are the target of recreational hunting. This has led to their common names of gamefowl and gamebirds. They are also called land fowl to distinguish them from ducks, geese, and other waterfowl.
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