List views are part of the
CustomObject metadata entity. If you open up a
.object file (the XML source for a custom object), you'll see top-level entries like this:
that define each of your list views.
Note that the
CustomObject type in your
package.xml is also used to pull customizations like list views for standard objects. If you include a standard object in your
You'll get back all of its non-private list views.
If you just pull down custom fields on a standard object (with the
CustomField type), you won't get the list views back.
You can select list views individually with the
ListView type in your
but they'll still be stored in your