Family Pheasants, Partridges, Turkeys, Grouse (Phasianidae)

Least Concern

Tibetan Partridge (Perdix hodgsoniae)


French: Perdrix de Hodgson German: Tibetrebhuhn Spanish: Perdiz tibetana

Sacfa Hodgsoniae


, 1856,



Has been separated in monospecific genus Sacfa, but now found to be basal to all other taxa in Perdix#R. Geographical variation clinal, subspecies intergrading; proposed race koslowi (W Nan Shan and S Kokonor) included in sifanica. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. h. sifanica Przevalski, 1876 – WC China from C Qinghai and Gansu S to E Tibet and C & S Sichuan.
  • P. h. caraganae R. Meinertzhagen & A. C. Meinertzhagen, 1926 – NW India (E Kashmir and Ladakh) E to SW Tibet and extreme N India (N Uttarakhand).
  • P. h. hodgsoniae (Hodgson, 1856) – W Nepal E to NE India (Arunachal Pradesh), S Tibet and extreme W Bhutan.
  • Descriptive notes

    28–31 cm; 294–450 g. Very distinctive head and neck pattern; forehead, supercilia, chin, central throat and partial neckband white, lores streaked black, ear-... read more


    Advertising call, given early morning and evening by male from atop large rock, is a rattling and... read more


    Usually dry hillsides with scattered dwarf junipers, Rhododendron or Cargana... read more

    Food and feeding

    Virtually no information available; probably eats a variety of seeds and insects; sometimes feeds in close proximity to yak herders. Coveys... read more


    Season from May to Jul (Ladakh), or even Aug. Presumably monogamous. Nest a scrape (20–22 cm in diameter) in the ground, lined with... read more


    Very little information available, but thought to descend in winter to adjoining semi-desert plains... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Mace Lande: safe. Believed safe, as widely distributed and considered fairly common in China and locally quite common in India. No... read more

    Recommended citation

    McGowan, P.J.K. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Tibetan Partridge (Perdix hodgsoniae). 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 11 December 2019).