Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Rock Bush-quail (Perdicula argoondah)


French: Perdicule argoondah German: Madraswachtel Spanish: Perdicilla argundá

Coturnix Argoondah


, 1832,

Deccan, India


Race salimalii, inhabiting red laterite rocky terrain, has upperparts almost brick-red (mottled and barred dark as in nominate); has been considered no more than a colour morph, but probably worthy of taxonomic recognition. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. a. meinertzhageni Whistler, 1937 – NW India from Haryana S to Kutch and Saurashtra, E to W Madhya Pradesh.
  • P. a. argoondah (Sykes, 1832) – peninsular India from Madhya Pradesh S to Tamil Nadu.
  • P. a. salimalii Whistler, 1943 – S India (EC Karnataka and NE Kerala).
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 15–18 cm; 59–74 g. Outermost primary longer than innermost, and inner webs of primaries mottled or barred buff, usually diagnostic; differs from P.... read more


    Song a long piping series commencing as a musical trill (2–3 kHz), increasing in volume and... read more


    Semi desert habitats such as dry, open plains littered with thorny bushes; rarely occurs above 600... read more

    Food and feeding

    No information available.


    Seasonality uncertain, but possibly related to rainfall; generally Aug–Nov and Jan–Apr. Nest situated under a rock or in cover... read more


    No information available; probably sedentary. Coveys tend to sit tight, exploding into flight when... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Considered to be safe from extinction because of extensive range and fact that species appears to be rather common... read more

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Rock Bush-quail (Perdicula argoondah). 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 12 December 2019).