This order comprises the following families:

  • Megapodiidae (megapodes)
  • Cracidae (chachalacas, guans, curassows, Horned Guan)
  • Numididae (guineafowl)
  • Odontophoridae (New World quails, African stone partridges)
  • Phasianidae (turkeys, grouse, pheasants, partridges)


Dated phylogenies, in which branchlengths are proportional to time, are usually referred to as chronograms or less often timetrees. The dated genus-level phylogenetic relationships among extant Galliformes are shown below (click to enlarge): 

Timetree of extant Galliformes including distribution data (see Distribution colour code)


Timetree of extant Phasianidae including distribution data (see Distribution colour code). 



Pan-Galliformes probably had their origins in the Northern Hemisphere (Crowe et al., 2006, Mayr & Weidig, 2004; Mayr, 2006, 2016; Ksepka, 2009; Tomek et al., 2014; Chen, 2015). 



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Indian Peafowl or Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus), (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus), male, Phasianidae


Crested Partridge (Rollulus rouloul), male, Phasianidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris), immature (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

 Indian Peafowl or Blue Peafowl (Pavo cristatus), (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)

Crested Guineafowl (Guttera pucherani), left, & Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum), right

Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum), (Foto: Mary Yalda)

Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum), (Foto: Mary Yalda)

Vulturine Guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum), (Foto: MaryYalda)

Golden Pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus), male, Phasianidae (Foto: Carolin Pfeiffer)