Red Spurfowl.JPG
Red spurfowl
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Tribe: Polyplectronini
Genus: Galloperdix
Blyth, 1845
Type species
Galloperdix lunulata

Galloperdix is a genus of three species of birds in the pheasant family, Phasianidae. These terrestrial birds are restricted to the Indian Subcontinent, with the red spurfowl and painted spurfowl in forest and scrub in India, and the Sri Lanka spurfowl in forests of Sri Lanka. They share the common name "spurfowl" with the African members of the genus Pternistis.[1]

Egg, Collection Museum Wiesbaden
Egg, Collection Museum Wiesbaden

The genus Galloperdix is a sister of the genera Polyplectron and Haematortyx.[2]


  1. ^ Gill, F, & Donsker, D. eds. (2010). IOC World Bird Names. Version 2.7. Accessed 15 January 2011.
  2. ^ Sun, K; Meiklejohn, K. A; Faircloth, B. C; Glenn, T. C; Braun, E. L; Kimball, R. T (2014). "The evolution of peafowl and other taxa with ocelli (eyespots): A phylogenomic approach" (PDF). Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 281 (1790): 20140823. doi:10.1098/rspb.2014.0823. PMC 4123699. PMID 25030982.