Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)


Manipur Bush-quail (Perdicula manipurensis)


French: Perdicule du Manipur German: Manipurwachtel Spanish: Perdicilla de Manipur

Perdicula manipurensis

A.O. Hume

, 1881,

bases of hills in south-eastern Manipur Plain, India


Has sometimes been placed in genus Cryptoplectron. Two subspecies recognized.

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.
  • Descriptive notes

    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

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Manipur Bush-quail (Perdicula manipurensis). 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 9 December 2019).