Upland Ground Birds

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The Upland Ground Birds contains the familiar game birds - doves, pigeons, grouse, quail, pheasants - as well as certain other cryptically colored birds of woodlands, such as the Nightjars. Many of these birds are difficult to detect against a background of dead leaves or grass until they flush unexpectedly into the air.

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Bustards

Total Records: 2

Bustards are all fairly large with the two largest species, the Kori Bustard and the Great Bustard, being frequently cited as the world's heaviest flying birds. In both the largest species, large males exceed a weight 20 kg, weigh around 13.5 kg on average and are capable of attaining a total length of 60 in.

Jacanas, Lapwings

Total Records: 12

The Jacanas [Jacanidae] are a group of tropical waders. They are found worldwide within the tropical zone. They are identifiable by their huge feet and claws which enable them to walk on floating vegetation in the shallow lakes that are their preferred habitat. They have sharp bills and rounded wings, and many species also have wattles on their foreheads.

The Lapwings [Vanellinae] are any of various crested plovers, noted for its slow, irregular wingbeat in flight and a shrill, wailing cry. Its length is 10-16 inches. They are a subfamily of medium-sized wading birds which also includes the plovers and dotterels. The Vanellinae are collectively called lapwings but also contain the ancient Red-kneed Dotterel. A lapwing can be thought of as a larger plover.

Patridges, Junglefowl

Total Records: 69

Partridges [Perdicinae] are birds in the pheasant family. These are medium-sized birds, intermediate between the larger pheasants and the smaller quails. Partridges are native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Partridges are ground-nesting seed-eaters and non-migratory.

Junglefowl [Gallus] are the four living species of bird, which occur in India, Sri Lanka, Southeast Asia and Indonesia. These are large birds, with colorful male plumage, but are nevertheless difficult to see in the dense vegetation they inhabit.

Pigeons, Dove

Total Records: 62

Pigeons and doves includes some 310 species. They are stout-bodied birds with short necks, and have short, slender bills with fleshy ceres. Doves feed on seeds, fruits, and plants. This family occurs worldwide, but the greatest variety is in the Indomalaya and Australasia ecozones.

In general, the terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. In ornithological practice, "dove" tends to be used for smaller species and "pigeon" for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically, the common names for these birds involve a great deal of variation between the terms. The species most commonly referred to as "pigeon" is the Feral Rock Pigeon, common in many cities.