Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)


Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Arborophila mandellii)


French: Torquéole de Mandelli German: Rotbrust-Buschwachtel Spanish: Arborófila pechirroja
Other common names: Chestnut-breasted Hill-partridge

Arborophila Mandellii

A.O. Hume

, 1874,

Bhutan Duars




Foothills in NE India (Sikkim, West Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh), Bhutan and SE Tibet.

Descriptive notes

c. 28–30 cm; c. 268 g. Distinctive by chestnut breastband and grey belly; distinguished from similar A. rufogularis by more rufescent crown and head-sides,... read more


Song a series of well-spaced, repeated, mellow whistles, sometimes in pairs. Every whistle starts... read more


Inhabits evergreen and moist broadleaf forest undergrowth often with bamboo thickets at 250–... read more

Food and feeding

No information available.


Believed to be Mar–Jun in Tibet. One nest reported, four eggs in pad of grass under a rock within oak/rhododendron forest at 2400 m... read more


No altitudinal movements reported.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened. Very little information available on status in wild; only recent records are from 2–3 sites in Arunachal Pradesh (... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K., de Juana, E., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Arborophila mandellii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 10 December 2019).