Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Mountain Bamboo-partridge (Bambusicola fytchii)


French: Bambusicole de Fytch German: Gelbbrauen-Bambushuhn Spanish: Bambusícola montana

Bambusicola fytchii

J. Anderson

, 1871,

Ponsee, Yunnan, China


Proposed race rincheni (Lushai Hills, Mizoram) indistinguishable from hopkinsoni. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • B. f. hopkinsoni Godwin-Austen, 1874 – NE India (E Arunachal Pradesh S to Meghalaya and Mizoram) S to E Bangladesh and E to N Myanmar.
  • B. f. fytchii J. Anderson, 1871 – SC China (Sichuan and Yunnan) S to EC Myanmar, NW Thailand, N Laos and N Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 32–37 cm; male 278–400 g, female 256–340 g. Male is larger than female. Distinctive pattern on head and underparts; belly creamy white to pale buff;... read more


    Advertising call, given frequently during breeding season, from a stump or mound, is a resonant... read more


    Open scrub forest, thickets, bamboo patches, and mixed scrub and tall grassland along watercourses... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds, berries, shoots and buds, rice grains and a variety of invertebrates. Scratches ground. Recorded in coveys of up to 5–6 birds... read more


    Mating system not certainly known, but perhaps monogamous. Nesting apparently Mar–Sept (usually Apr–Jul) in China; May–... read more


    Sedentary. Flies only when pressed, rising for a few metres before landing in grass.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: vulnerable. Range covers a fairly large area (estimated at 530,000 km²) and species apparently persists in second... read more

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Mountain Bamboo-partridge (Bambusicola fytchii). 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 19 March 2018).