Pheasant vs. Grouse

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Main Difference

The main difference between Pheasant and Grouse is that the Pheasant is a bird in family Phasianidae and Grouse is a subfamily of birds.

  • Pheasant

    Pheasants () are birds of several genera within the subfamily Phasianinae, of the family Phasianidae in the order Galliformes. Though they can be found world over in introduced (and captive) populations, the pheasant genera native range is restricted to Asia.

    Pheasants are characterised by strong sexual dimorphism, males being highly decorated with bright colors and adornments such as wattles. Males are usually larger than females and have longer tails. Males play no part in rearing the young.

    Pheasants typically eat seeds and some insects.

    The best-known is the common pheasant, which is widespread throughout the world, in introduced feral populations and in farm operations. Various other pheasant species are popular in aviaries, such as the golden pheasant (Chrysolophus pictus).

  • Grouse

    Grouse are a group of birds from the order Galliformes, in the family Phasianidae. Grouse are frequently assigned to the subfamily Tetraoninae (sometimes Tetraonidae), a classification supported by mitochondrial DNA sequence studies, and applied by the American Ornithologists’ Union, ITIS, and others. Grouse inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere, from pine forests to moorland and mountainside, from 83°N (rock ptarmigan in northern Greenland) to 28°N (Attwater’s prairie chicken in Texas).

  • Pheasant (noun)

    A bird of family Phasianidae, often hunted for food.

  • Grouse (noun)

    Any of various game birds of the family Tetraonidae which inhabit temperate and subarctic regions of the northern hemisphere.

  • Grouse (noun)

    A cause for complaint.

  • Grouse (verb)

    To seek or shoot grouse.

  • Grouse (verb)

    To complain or grumble.

  • Grouse (adjective)


    “I had a grouse day.”

    “That food was grouse.”

  • Pheasant (noun)

    a large long-tailed game bird native to Asia, the male of which typically has very showy plumage.

Oxford Dictionary

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