Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Jungle Bush-quail (Perdicula asiatica)


French: Perdicule rousse-gorge German: Dschungelwachtel Spanish: Perdicilla golirroja

Perdicula asiatica


, 1790,

Mahratta region, India


Races intergrade. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. punjaubi Whistler, 1939 – NW India from S Kashmir S to Uttar Pradesh.
  • P. a. asiatica (Latham, 1790) – C & NE India from Gujarat E to Bihar.
  • P. a. vidali Whistler & Kinnear, 1936 – SW India S from Mumbai (Bombay).
  • P. a. vellorei Abdulali & Reuben, 1965 – S India.
  • P. a. ceylonensis Whistler & Kinnear, 1936 – dry plains NE of central hills of Sri Lanka.
  • Introduced population on Reunion may still exist.

    Descriptive notes

    c. 15–18 cm; c. 57–82 g. Outermost primary longer than innermost, and inner webs of primaries brown, usually diagnostic; differs from P. argoondahi,... read more


    Advertising call is a rhythmic, harsh, slightly grating “chee-chee-chuck, chee-chee-chuck... read more


    Dry scrub and brush habitats, often stony, ranging from thin grass to fairly dense deciduous... read more

    Food and feeding

    Very little information available. Feeds on seeds, including those of grass, herbs, gram and millet, and some insects. Typically recorded... read more


    End of rains to end of cold season: Jan–Mar in Karnataka, Oct–Mar in Deccan, Mar–Apr in EC India and Sri Lanka;... read more


    No information available; probably sedentary, but thought to be migrant in Nepal. Coveys tend to... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Considered safe because of extensive range and occurrence at edges of agricultural land, although not believed to... read more

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Jungle Bush-quail (Perdicula asiatica). 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).