PERDICULA

(Phasianidae; Ϯ Jungle Bush Quail P. asiatica) Mod. L. (1677)  perdicula  little partridge  < dim. L. perdix, perdicis  partridge; "GUNGA's No. 6, is rare with us, as it is to the westward. It is not a quail proper, nor yet a partridge, but a compound of the two, having the wing and spur of the latter, and the size and form of the former; and its habits and manners are correspondently osculant. Those who love to trace the links by which nature connects all her works, will perhaps recognise the propriety of my separation of this species, under the generic appellation of perdicula, or the little partridge, with the trivial or specific name of Rubicola that is, Bush-loving.  Tetraonidæ, Perdicinæ, Genus or Subgenus, Perdicula nobis.   INDICATION OF THE GENERIC CHARACTER.  Size and aspect of Coturnix; bill stronger and more compressed, higher than broad at the base, with the ridge somewhat flattened. Wings firm, gradated, but less so than in Perdix; all the primes, except the 1st, strongly sinuated on the outer web; intire on the inner. Tail 127 rounded, longer and firmer than in Coturnix; Tarsi furnished with a blunt spur, common in both sexes, but smaller in the females.  Type. Bush quail of Bengal Sportsman.  Latham's Lawa partridge?  Coturnix Argoonda, Sykes?  Found chiefly in the Subhemalayan valleys and their neighbourhood: Migratory: much less abounding than the common quail; bush haunting, in small coveys. Flight short and very noisy, general habits assimilating somewhat with those of the Turnixes." (Hodgson 1837) (OD per Martin Schneider); "Perdicula, Hodgson, Bengal Sport. Mag., 9, 1837, p. 344. Type, by original designation, Perdicula rubicola Hodgson = Perdix asiatica Latham." (Peters 1934, II, 97).
Var. Perdicola, Persicula.
Synon. Cryptoplectron, Microperdix, Microplectron, Pseudortygion, Rubicola.

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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 16 January 2019).