Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Near Threatened

Crested Partridge (Rollulus rouloul)


French: Rouloul couronné German: Straußwachtel Spanish: Perdiz rulrul
Other common names: Crested Wood-partridge, Roulroul

Phasianus Rouloul


, 1786,



Specific name often misspelt as roulroul. Monotypic.


SW Thailand and S Myanmar (S Tenasserim) S through Peninsular Malaysia to Sumatra (and some smaller inshore islands) and Borneo.

Descriptive notes

c. 26 cm; male 225–300 g, female 225–275 g. Unmistakable, with spectacular reddish crest, all-dark plumage and bright red bare parts. Female very different from... read more


Song a series of 5–10 drawn-out (and somewhat bisyllabic) whistles “see-eeeeeuw” or “su-il”, each c... read more


Evergreen forest, including lowland and hill dipterocarp, riverine alluvial, peat-swamp and logged... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, large fruits (especially figs), large beetles, wood ants (e.g. Camponotus gigas) and small molluscs. Association with wild... read more


Laying in most months in Peninsular Malaysia: Dec and Apr in Perak; Feb and Jul in Pahang; Oct in Negri Sembilan; and chicks in Feb–... read more


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Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Mace Lande: Vulnerable. Known from a total of 87 localities. Formerly widespread but now scarce in Thailand,... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Crested Partridge (Rollulus rouloul). 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 12 December 2019).