French: Torquéole à collier German: Hügelbuschwachtel Spanish: Arborófila común
Other common names: Common Hill-partridge
Races intergrade to a moderate extent. Five subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
A. t. millardi
(E. C. S. Baker, 1921) – W Himalayan foothills (Himachal Pradesh in India to W Nepal).
A. t. torqueola
(Valenciennes, 1825) – W Nepal E in foothills to SE Tibet and N Yunnan (SC China) and extreme N Myanmar.
A. t. interstincta
Ripley, 1951 – NE India.
A. t. batemani
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1906) – N & W Myanmar and SC China (W Yunnan).
A. t. griseata
Delacour & Jabouille, 1930 – NW Vietnam.
28–30 cm; male 325–430 g, female 227–386 g. Head pattern distinctive. Female differs mainly on crown and throat; lacks male's head pattern and neckband... read more
Most vocal early morning and evening. Advertising call is far-carrying (audible over 1 km),... read more
Evergreen forest and scrub, usually between 1500 m and 3000 m, but higher and lower in some areas (... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds, shoots, berries, insects and small molluscs; also larvae. Scratches for food amongst leaf litter, foraging in groups of 5–10... read more
Considered to be monogamous. Season Apr–Jul in India, earlier at lower altitudes; Feb–May in race batemani. Nest... read more
No altitudinal movements definitely reported, but in Bhutan not recorded above 3000 m in winter (to... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Considered fairly common in Nepal. No information on abundance or trends in Indian Subcontinent, other than density of 14·5... read more
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