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- proper n. A taxonomic order within the subclass Neognathae — the turkeys, grouse, quails and pheasants etc.
In the new study, the team collected over 170,000 records from the last two centuries on 127 species of gamebirds or 'Galliformes', a group that includes pheasants, partridges, chickens and quails, almost a third of which are threatened.
Like all members of the order in which they are classified, the Galliformes, or game birds, just-hatched baby chickens are astonishingly mature and mobile, able to walk, peck, and run only hours after leaving the egg.
Rehkämper G, Frahm HD, Zilles K (1991) Quantitative development of brain and brain structures in birds (Galliformes and Passeriformes) compared to that in mammals (Insectivores and Primates).