The Gallinaceous Game Birds of North America

9780217084154: The Gallinaceous Game Birds of North America
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1897. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... KEY TO THE FAMILIES (Referring only to North American Species.) A. Head feathered, tarsi bare, or partly or completely feathered. No spurs on tarsi. Plumage not iridescent. B. Head and upper part of neck, bare. Tarsi always bare. Spurs on tarsi of male. Plumage iridescent. KEY TO SUBFAMILIES. A. No spurs on legs. a. Nasal foss» and tarsi bare. Sides of toes not pectinated. Cutting edge of mandible more or less distinctly serrated near the tip. b. Nasal fossa? densely feathered, Tarsi and toes partly, or completely covered with feathers. Sides of toes pectinated. Cutting edge of mandible not serrated. B. With spurs on tarsi of male. PARTRIDGES AND GROUSE. Tetraonida;. WILD TURKEYS. Phasianida. AMERICAN PAR-TRIDGES. Odontophorina Page 19. GROUSE AND PTARMIGAN. Tctraonince. Page 74. WILD TURKEYS. Meleagrina. Page 172. FAMILY TETRAONIDvE. This family contains the Quails, Partridges, and Grouse, and has its representatives in nearly every portion of the world. It has been subjected by different ornithologists to varying treatment and has at times been divided into many subfamilies, but three have always seemed to me quite sufficient, two of which are represented in North America. The three are: Perdidna, containing the Quails and Partridges of the Old World, having no representative in the Western Hemisphere; Odontophorince, the American Partridges, natives of the New World unrepresented in the Old World; and Tetraonince, the Grouse and Ptarmigan found in both Hemispheres. They are all game birds, in the sense the sportsman understands the term, and wherever their habitat may be, whether the elevated plateaus or gloomy defiles of high mountain ranges, or the plains and prairies of level lands, or the forests and thickets of the more attractive portions of the ea...

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