Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Painted Bush-quail (Perdicula erythrorhyncha)


French: Perdicule à bec rouge German: Buntwachtel Spanish: Perdicilla piquirroja

Coturnix erythrorhyncha


, 1832,

Karli Valley, north Konkan, west India


Has at times been placed in either Cryptoplectron or Microperdix. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. e. erythrorhyncha (Sykes, 1832) – Western Ghats (W Maharashtra S to Kerala and adjacent Tamil Nadu), in W India.
  • P. e. blewitti (A.O. Hume, 1874) – C & E India from E Maharashtra through E Madhya Pradesh to Bihar, West Bengal and Odisha.
  • Descriptive notes

    Nominate erythrorhyncha c. 18 cm, 70–85 g; race blewitti c. 16 cm, 50–70 g. Outermost primary equal to innermost, and upperparts brown with... read more


    Poorly known. Territorial call reported to be a repeated pleasant triple note “kirikee..kirikee... read more


    Grassland and scrub, forest edge and cultivation; from 600 m to 2000 m.

    Food and feeding

    Seeds of grasses and weeds, grain, green plant matter, and termites and other insects. Occasionally feeds in open during early morning and... read more


    Season poorly defined and nests found in most months, varying according to locality, but perhaps mostly Dec–Mar and Jul–Nov;... read more


    No information available; probably sedentary. Moves out to feed in more open patches in morning and... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Considered to be safe because of extensive range and also due to occurrence on margins of agricultural land and in... read more

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Painted Bush-quail (Perdicula erythrorhyncha). 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).