Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Mountain Bamboo-partridge (Bambusicola fytchii)


Taxonomy

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

Bambusicola fytchii

J. Anderson

, 1871,

Ponsee, Yunnan, China

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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

    Voice

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

    Habitat

    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

    Breeding

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

    Movements

    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. (2017). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/53470 on 18 December 2017).