French: Galloperdrix de Ceylan German: Ceylonspornhuhn Spanish: Faisancillo de Ceilán
Other common names: Ceylon Spurfowl
J. R. Forster, 1781,
Sri Lanka, principally in S (N to environs of Trincomalee on E coast).
30–35·5 cm; male 312–368 g, female 200–312 g. Male unmistakable, with chestnut rear body and wings, black-and-white streaks on mantle, scapulars and... read more
Male territorial call, given periodically throughout the morning, is a very gradually rising,... read more
Undisturbed tall-forest areas in moist situations up to 2100 m; only occasionally found in drier... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds and berries, termites and other insects; particularly favours Strobilanthes seeds during flowering years. Scratches in leaf... read more
Season during NE monsoon in Nov–Mar, but breeding also reported in Jul–Sept. Monogamous. Nest a scrape lined with leaves and... read more
Sedentary. When alarmed, dodges between pieces of cover; runs very fast, flying only when hard... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: vulnerable. No recent detailed information on status, but must be declining because forests are disappearing. Difficult... read more
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