Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Sabah Partridge (Arborophila graydoni)


French: Torquéole de Graydon German: Sabahbuschwachtel Spanish: Arborófila de Sabah

Arboricola graydoni

Sharpe and C. Chubb

, 1906,

Sandakan, Sabah, north-eastern Borneo


Sometimes placed in genus Tropicoperdix. Formerly treated as a subspecies of A. charltonii, but differs in its plain dirty white vs plain tawny-buff ear-coverts (2); absence of a distinct black upper necklace from the lower throat around below the ear-coverts (2); much darker, richer chestnut on upper breast with black vs greyish-brown lower breast feathers, more narrowly, evenly and distinctly barred with buff (3); belly with darker rufous and rufous-chestnut coloration (ns[1]); and darker upperparts (ns[1]). It differs from A. chloropus in its absence of buff-tan band around lower throat/upper breast (3); upper breast and neck-sides rich chestnut vs dingy grey-brown (3); lower breast more boldly barred (2); remaining underparts two shades darker (ns[2]); and darker upperparts (ns[1]). Differences from A. tonkinensis are indicated under that species. Monotypic.


Sabah, in NE Borneo.

Descriptive notes

c. 26–32 cm. Has forehead to nape dark-speckled dull brownish, lores and supercilium white with dark brown streaks, ear-coverts dirty white, side of head with dark streaks,... read more


Territorial call a series of whistles, very like that of A. chloropus.


Lowland primary forest and Albizia plantations, to c. 500 m, often near rivers.

Food and feeding

Little information. Presumably takes seeds, berries and some insects.


No information.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). No information on size of global population. Known from fewer than 20 localities, including Tabin Wildlife Reserve. Perhaps also... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Sabah Partridge (Arborophila graydoni). 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).