Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Red Spurfowl (Galloperdix spadicea)


Taxonomy

French: Galloperdrix rouge German: Rotes Spornhuhn Spanish: Faisancillo rojo
Taxonomy:

Tetrao spadiceus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

Madagascar; error = Ootacamund, Nilgiri Hills, India

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Races intergrade#R. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. s. caurina Blanford, 1898 – NW India (Aravalli Hills, in S Rajasthan).
  • G. s. spadicea (J. F. Gmelin, 1789) – Peninsular India (Uttar Pradesh and S Bihar S to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu).
  • G. s. stewarti E. C. S. Baker, 1919 – SW India (Kerala).
  • Descriptive notes

    35·5–38 cm; 284–454 g. Rather long-bodied with relatively long, dark tail. Upperparts scaled, sometimes appearing rather frosted. Female generally has... read more

    Voice

    Male’s advertising call is an emphatic crowing “k-r-r-r-kwek, kr-kr-kwek, kr-kr-kwek... read more

    Habitat

    Occupies a variety of habitat types, both dry and moist, especially those in hilly ground that... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds, berries, fruits, especially figs, and various invertebrates. Mainly forages within vegetation, though will feed on paths and at... read more

    Breeding

    Reported in most months: spadicea generally in Jan–Jun; caurina May–Jun; and stewarti in most months... read more

    Movements

    Sedentary, remaining in same area for long periods. When alarmed, dodges from one piece of cover to... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Considered safe because of extensive range, throughout which it is considered widely scattered; also because at any... read more

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Red Spurfowl (Galloperdix spadicea). 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/53472 on 12 December 2018).