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turkeys, grouse, pheasants, and partridges


The bird family that includes turkeys, grouse, pheasants, and partridges is an ancient and diverse bird group. There are about 160 species in this group and they are found in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Most of the species that make up this group are found in Africa, Europe, and Asia. They are small to large ground-dwelling birds that mainly eat seeds, fruits, and insects. They include the wild ancestors of domestic chickens, turkeys, and pheasants. In this group it is very common for males to have extravagantly colored and sized feathers and plumes in order to attract females to mate with them. Females are usually drab and brown.

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