Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Painted Spurfowl (Galloperdix lunulata)


French: Galloperdrix lunulée German: Perlspornhuhn Spanish: Faisancillo moteado

Perdix lunulata


, 1825,





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


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

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). 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 on 9 December 2019).