Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Taiwan Bamboo-partridge (Bambusicola sonorivox)


French: Bambusicole de Taiwan German: Taiwanbambushuhn Spanish: Bambusícola de Formosa

Bambusicola sonorivox


, 1863,



Normally treated as a race of B. thoracicus, but here recognized as a species on basis of restriction of (slightly darker) chestnut to chin and throat (i.e. lower face, malar area and neck-side to breast grey vs chestnut), with no contrasting lower edge of chestnut to grey breast (3); lower breast to undertail-coverts darker (tan vs buff) with extensive, large chestnut ovoid spots vs smaller black ovoid spots fewer in number and restricted to flanks (3); fewer and smaller white spots on wing-coverts and mantle (1); reduced buff edges of wing-coverts (ns[1]); darker, duller grey-green on back to tail (ns[1]); and crown tinged more rufous (ns[1])#R. Genetic data provide some support for this split#R. Monotypic.

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Introduced to Japan (perhaps extirpated).

Descriptive notes

c. 30–32 cm. Has crown to nape brown with rufous tinge, chin and throat rufous, rest of head down to upper breast grey; upperparts olive-grey to grey-green, a few pale spots... read more


Male gives loud, resonant series, “gi-gi-gi-gi-gi-gi-gigeroi-gigeroi”; also duets with female.


Dense bushy areas, shrubs and grassy areas; occurs also in bamboo forest. Generally to 1000 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Little information available. Diet presumably includes e.g. seeds, shoots, leaves and some invertebrates. Forages on ground in pairs and in... read more


Breeds from mid Apr in Japan (introduced). Few data. Nest a concealed scrape on ground. Chicks recorded in Sept.


Presumed sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Global population not quantified; species reported as common in many parts of its range. Appears to be stable, with no evidence of... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N., Christie, D.A. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Taiwan Bamboo-partridge (Bambusicola sonorivox). 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 8 December 2019).