French: Tétraogalle de l’Altaï German: Altaikönigshuhn Spanish: Perdigallo altaico
Argut River in Katun Mountains, Altai
S Siberia (Sayan Mts), and extreme NE Kazakhstan E in Altai Mts to Tuva and NW Mongolia and, in S, through Gobian Altai to Gurvan Sayhan Uul and N Xinjiang (China).
c. 57–58 cm; male c. 3000 g, female c. 2540 g. Similar to T. tibetanus, but white underparts are not streaked black, and breast spotted black, as opposed to... read more
Poorly known; vocalizations reported to be more raucous and coarser than T. caucasicus but... read more
Steppes, alpine meadows and tundra in mountain ranges, from 400 m (e.g. in W Tuva) up to snowline;... read more
Food and feeding
Tubers, bulbs, seeds, shoots (e.g. Betula), and berries, including Berberis; up to 40 plant species reported in diet,... read more
Monogamous and territorial, but males flock together once females have laid their final eggs. Lays c. mid Mar, exact date depending upon... read more
Altitudinal movements not generally recorded, but in NW China reported to descend to c. 2000 m in... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Overall status remains unclear. Considered a rare and endangered species in USSR in 1978. Although range may amount to over 100,000... read more
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