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Green-legged Partridge - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Green-legged Hill Partridge, Scaly-breasted Partridge

Tropicoperdix chloropus

Arborophila chloropus
Includes Scaly-breasted Partridge and Vietnam Partridge


30 cm

  • Tan lower throat with black spots
  • Green legs (but colour does vary)


Asia: found only in China
Southeast Asia: Indochina, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand



Vietnam Partridge
Photo by James Eaton
Bach Ma, Vietnam, April 2004

There are 5-7 subspecies[1]:

  • T. c. chloropus: Scaly-breasted Partridge
  • T. c. peninsularis:
  • South-western Thailand
  • T. c. tonkinensis:
  • T. c. olivacea:
  • T. c. cognacqi:
  • T. c. merlini
  • Endemic to interior central Vietnam)
  • T. c. vivida
  • Coastal hills of central Vietnam

The last two subspecies is often considered a separate, full species: Vietnam Partridge, Arborophila merlini.


Evergreen forest, forest edges at heights up to 1400 m.



Their diet consists of seeds, berries and termites.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)

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