Although molecular study of Asian Phasianidae found that genera Coturnix, Gallus and Bambusicola form a subclade (see genus heading)#R, present species was not sampled directly. Closely related to G. gallus and G. lafayettii; hybridizes locally with G. gallus in areas of contact. Varies clinally, birds darkest in SW of range and becoming gradually paler to SE, NE & N; form wangyeli (described from Mt Abu, in S Rajasthan) thought to represent pale extreme of cline, although possible vocal difference between Mt Abu population and those in SW of range (Kerala) reported#R. Treated as monotypic.
Peninsular India S from Gujarat, S Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and mouth of R Godavari, in E Andhra Pradesh.
Food and feeding
Status and conservation
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