New England Pheasants, Grouse, & Allies

Ring-necked Pheasant

Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies

Order:  Galliformes
Family:  Phasianidae

Ring-necked Pheasant
Photo © Mike Danzenbaker

Learn interesting facts about the pheasant, partridge, grouse, and the wild turkey of New England. Find photos, sounds, range information and identification tips for each bird.

Phasianidae is a family of ground-dwelling birds, although they will roost in trees. A common characteristic of members of this family is their heavy, rounded body shape. Nests are usually located on the ground. The New England birds in this family do not generally migrate, although some move locally between their wintering grounds and their breeding territory.

Ruffed Grouse

Photo credit: Oregon DFW