In Greek mythology
, the Meleagrids
were the daughters of Althaea
, sisters of Meleager
. When their brother died, Artemis
changed them into guineafowl
Hence the names of some species of guineafowl refer to the Meleagrids: Numida meleagris and Agelastes meleagrides. Also the family name for turkeys is meleagrididae.
The Meleagrids included Melanippe.
Ovid VIII, 534.