(comparative more phasianid, superlative most phasianid)
- In general, of, or pertaining to, any large or small, semiflightless, gallinaceous game birds, such as pheasants, quails, peafowl, junglefowl, and guinea fowl.
- The chukar, a bird of the phasianid family, is distributed in Israel across a sharp climatic cline from Mediterranean regions in the north, where mean annual rainfall is between 450 and 1000 mm, to extremely arid areas only ~200 km away in the Negev Desert, where mean annual rainfall is less than 50 mm.
- Specifically, belonging to the zoologic family Phasianidae, or associated with species falling under that taxonomic hierarchy.
- The megapode is viewed as a ‘specialised’ galliform, having extended the phasianid incubation period and producing superprecocial hatchlings that have developed in the egg for a further four weeks.
- Any large or small, semiflightless, gallinaceous game birds, such as pheasants, quails, peafowl, junglefowl, and guinea fowl.
- It is a medium-size phasianid: males can weight even 600 grams and are bigger than the females. Moreover, unlike the females, they have ergots on the claws.
- Typical of many phasianid birds, guinea fowl are capable runners that have strong burst-flight capacities but little endurance in flight.
New Latin phasianida from Latin phasianus "pheasant".