French: Perdicule du Manipur German: Manipurwachtel Spanish: Perdicilla de Manipur
bases of hills in south-eastern Manipur Plain, India
Subspecies and Distribution
P. m. inglisi
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1909) – NE India (West Bengal and Assam N of R Brahmaputra).
P. m. manipurensis
A.O. Hume, 1881 – NE India (in hills of Manipur and Assam S of R Brahmaputra) and possibly E Bangladesh.
c. 19–20 cm; 50–85 g. Dark greyish bush-quail with rich buff belly and vent, whitish loral patch, faint eyebrow, and golden-buff belly and vent with heavy,... read more
Few data. Both sexes give clear, whistled “whit-it-it-t-t”, with notes becoming higher... read more
Very specific habitat requirement: tall, dense grassland, especially of elephant grass, up to c.... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses and herbs, pods and some insects. Reported to feed in coveys of 5–8 individuals (historically up to 12), which are... read more
Only one nest reported (manipurensis), which contained four white eggs in a hollow scraped in ground among grass roots in May; on... read more
No information available; probably sedentary. Flies a short distance when pressed.
Status and conservation
ENDANGERED. Previously treated as Vulnerable. Last definite records anywhere were specimens collected prior to 1932 in Manipur Valley, although there have been several... read more
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