Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Rufous-throated Partridge (Arborophila rufogularis)


French: Torquéole à gorge rousse German: Rotkehl-Buschwachtel Spanish: Arborófila golirrufa
Other common names: Rufous-throated Hill-partridge

Arboricola rufogularis


, 1849,

Darjeeling, north-east India


Several subspecies are distinctive, especially in throat pattern (e.g. intermedia, guttata, annamensis), but neighbouring races tend to intergrade with them#R. Proposed race laotiana#R (Xiangkhouang, in NE Laos) included within euroa; its previous lumping instead with race guttata appears to be erroneous. Proposed race tenebrarum (Tura Mt in W Meghalaya, NE India) included in intermedia. Six subspecies normally recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. r. rufogularis (Blyth, 1849) – foothills of Himalayas (E from Uttarakhand, in India) E to NE India.
  • A. r. intermedia (Blyth, 1855) – NE India (Assam S of R Brahmaputra) E to W & N Myanmar and W Yunnan (China).
  • A. r. tickelli (A.O. Hume, 1880) – E & S Myanmar (from South Shan to Tenasserim) E to N Thailand and SW Laos.
  • A. r. euroa (Bangs & J. C. Phillips, 1914) – SC China (extreme SE Yunnan) S to N Laos.
  • A. r. guttata Delacour & Jabouille, 1928 – C Vietnam; probably adjacent Laos.
  • A. r. annamensis (Robinson & Kloss, 1919) – SC Vietnam.
  • Descriptive notes

    c. 26–29 cm; male 325–430 g, female 261–386 g, 200–300 g (rufogularis), 340–370 g (male intermedia), 212 g (male tickelli... read more


    Full territorial song (mainly heard Jan–May in Bhutan) starts with several well-spaced, pure... read more


    Occurs in evergreen forest with thick undergrowth, e.g. rhododendron, from 600 m up to 3000 m, more... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds, berries, green plant matter and invertebrates, including larvae, reported. Usually recorded in coveys of 5–10 individuals.


    Season Apr–Aug, mainly May–Jun, but perhaps Feb–May in China. Apparently monogamous. Nest is either simply a scrape, or... read more


    No altitudinal movements reported. Prefers to escape from potential danger by running, rather than... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: Safe. Considered safe mainly because of large range, but situation may be more serious than currently believed. Scarce... read more

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Rufous-throated Partridge (Arborophila rufogularis). 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 16 December 2019).