French: Galloperdrix lunulée German: Perlspornhuhn Spanish: Faisancillo moteado
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.
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
Surprisingly poorly known, but gives a loud, rapidly repeated “chur, chur, chur” and a... read more
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
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
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
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