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Photo by paux
Fujian, China, January 2018

Alternative name: Bamboo Partridge

Bambusicola thoracicus


30–32 cm (11¾-12½ in), Male larger

  • Brown crown and nape
  • Bluish-grey forehead
  • Upperparts and breast mottled black, chestnut, and cream
  • Black spotted flanks
  • Extensive rufous face and throat
  • Grey above eye and down to neck
  • Females are usually unspurred

Immatures are duller, have buffy shaft streaks, dark spots on lower back, rump and undertail-coverts.


Asia: found in south and central China.
Declining in its range.


This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly considered conspecific with Taiwan Bamboo Partridge. The scientific name was formerly spelled thoracica.


Arid bush. Warm forests and grasslands; not entirely dependent on bamboo. Occurs up to 1000m, occasionally up to 2000m.




The clutch consists of 3-7 eggs which are incubated by the female for 18 days.


The diet includes invertebrates, nuts, seeds, shoots and leaves. Birds introduced to Japan have been observed feeding on locusts, termites and ants.


Call: ki-ko-kuai or kojukkei

Starts with Daurian Redstart, followed by Chinese Bamboo Partridges, Oriental Greenfinch and a bulbul
Recording by china guy, Sichuan, China, September 2011


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1994. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: New World Vultures to Guineafowl. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334153
  3. gbwf.org
  4. Birding in Taiwan
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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