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Hainan Partridge - BirdForum Opus

Arborophila ardens


28 cm (11 in)

  • Greyih-brown overall plumage
  • Blackish forehead, lores, throat and neck-sides
  • White supercilium
  • White ear-covert spots
  • Rufous-orange necklace separating black throat from grey breast


Endemic to Hainan island, off the south coast of China.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Tropical evergreen forest, both broadleaf and mixed coniferous-broadleaf.


Extremely difficult to see - a typical arborophila!


They are known to eat tree seeds and insects, but little detail is known.


Little known. Adults have been observed with three chicks.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved September 2016)
  3. BirdLife International
  4. In 2004 it was under study at Bawangling National Nature Reserve on Hainan by Zhang Yu, a Chinese research student.

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