(syn. Perdicula Ϯ Painted Bush Quail P. erythrorhyncha) Gr. μικρος mikros  small; περιξ perdix, περδικος perdikos  partridge; "MICROPERDIX ERYTHRORHYNCHA.  Little Red-billed Partridge.  ...  THE little bird figured in the accompanying Plate [3] may claim the precedence in point of beauty over all the smaller Gallinaceæ, its form and contour being especially elegant. It appears to me to be very closely allied to the Excalfactoria Chinensis of China and the little Bush Partridges of Australia, figured in my work on the birds of that country under the generic appellation of Synoicus; at the same time it is quite distinct from both those forms. Neither can I for a moment hesitate about separating it from the small Bush Partridges (Perdiculæ) of India, with which it has hitherto been associated, — those birds having stout and deeply formed bills, and being clothed in a very different style of plumage; I have therefore made it the type of a new genus — Microperdix." (Gould 1862).

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Jobling, J. A. (2019). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2019). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 20 January 2019).