Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Red-billed Partridge (Arborophila rubrirostris)


French: Torquéole à bec rouge German: Rotschnabel-Buschwachtel Spanish: Arborófila piquirroja
Other common names: Red-billed Hill-partridge

Peloperdix rubrirostris


, 1879,

Mount Singgalang, Sumatra


Populations farthest N tend to have more extensive white on head than those in S, but assessment of possible taxonomic significance of this difficult owing to individual variation and perhaps sexual differences#R. Monotypic.


Mountains of Sumatra.

Descriptive notes

c. 28–29 cm; male c. 243 g, female c. 209 g. Crown, nape, head-sides and neck blackish, finely mottled white, throat white, intensely marked with black, breast ruddy... read more


Song a series of repeated over-slurred whistles, increasing in volume and slightly in pitch at... read more


Montane forest, and even scrub in pine forest; occurs between 900 m and 2500 m; possibly prefers... read more

Food and feeding

No information available, but presumably similar to congenerics. Occurs in small coveys.


No information available, other than that chicks have been reported in Aug.


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: vulnerable. Post-1970 known only from three areas in Sumatra, Mt Sibayak (Aceh), Mt Brestagi and Mt Kerinci, but suitable... read more

Recommended citation

McGowan, P.J.K., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Red-billed Partridge (Arborophila rubrirostris). 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).