French: Lerva des neiges German: Haldenhuhn Spanish: Perdiz lerwa
Subspecies and Distribution
L. l. lerwa
(Hodgson, 1833) – NW & N Pakistan (from upper Hunderjav Valley) E in Himalayas to S & SE Tibetan Plateau and frontier zone of NE India. Inclusion of E Afghanistan in range requires confirmation#R, although species apparently does occur in adjacent border region of Pakistan#R.
L. l. major
R. Meinertzhagen, 1927 – C China from S Gansu (upper R Huang) S to N & W Sichuan and N Yunnan.
30–40 cm; 454–709 g. More barred dorsally than other Himalayan Galliformes, though usually just appears dark at distance; bright red bill and feet; has most... read more
In advertisement male gives repeated, loud and slightly squeaky-sounding whistles, “jijiu,... read more
Alpine meadows and open, rocky hillsides above treeline with scattered rhododendron bushes and... read more
Food and feeding
Lichen, moss and other plant matter predominates. Seeds, flowers, leaves and shoots of 43 plant species recorded in SW China; grasses... read more
Lays from late May to mid Jun in SW China, but perhaps until Jul or even later elsewhere. Monogamous and territorial (breeding territories... read more
May descend in severe winters to 2100–2700 m from usual altitudes above 3000 m. In China... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Was thought to be rare in China, but probably a consequence of its remote habitat being rarely visited and species... read more
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