Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Painted Spurfowl (Galloperdix lunulata)


Taxonomy

French: Galloperdrix lunulée German: Perlspornhuhn Spanish: Faisancillo moteado
Taxonomy:

Perdix lunulata

Valenciennes

, 1825,

Bengal

.

Monotypic.

Distribution:

E Peninsular India S of Gangetic Plain, from E Rajasthan E to West Bengal and S to S Karnataka and N Tamil Nadu. Said to occur in W Bangladesh. Old report from Nepal is erroneous.

Descriptive notes

c. 27–34 cm; male 255–285 g, female 226–255 g. Male unmistakable with densely white-spotted plumage, greenish-black head, breast, scapulars, wings and tail... read more

Voice

Surprisingly poorly known, but gives a loud, rapidly repeated “chur, chur, chur” and a... read more

Habitat

Thorn scrub (e.g. Anogeissus, Bridelia, Acacia, Mimosa) and... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds, tubers, drupes (Zizyphus, Lantana, Ficus, etc.) and berries reported; also small land molluscs and... read more

Breeding

Nesting Jan–Jun, mainly Feb to early May; also in other months at some localities, e.g. Aug on Deccan Plateau. Mating system unknown... read more

Movements

Presumably sedentary. More reluctant to fly than G. spadicea; when alarmed dodges between... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Considered safe because of extensive distribution, and because inhabits secondary vegetation in some areas. Occurs... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Painted Spurfowl (Galloperdix lunulata). 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/53473 on 27 April 2018).