French: Ophrysie de l’Himalaya German: Himalajawachtel Spanish: Perdicilla himalaya
J. E. Gray
India = Mussoorie
N India: known only from areas around Mussoorie, Dehra Dun and Naini Tal, in Uttar Pradesh. Possibly extinct; several unconfirmed recent sightings in Suwakholi and around Naini Tal#R.
c. 25 cm. Unmistakable, especially male. Long tail and stiff, bristle-like feathers on forehead; small white patches in front of and behind eye; long, lanceolate body... read more
Only information is more or less anecdotal: was reputed to give shrill whistle in alarm, and low,... read more
Occurs, or occurred, on steep hillsides, especially S-facing slopes, in patches of long grass and... read more
Food and feeding
Grass seeds recorded; probably also berries (speculated to include Principea utilis, Lonicera angustifolia, Berberis... read more
Nothing known beyond fact that two specimens collected in Nov were juveniles.
No reliable information available. Most recent, detailed review of our knowledge, suggested the... read more
Status and conservation
CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species certainly found only within Western Himalaya Endemic Bird Area, although suitable habitat in the 19th century was probably... read more
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