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Skull2 t.png The species Himalayan Quail is possibly extinct.
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Ophrysia superciliosa


25 cm (9¾ in)
Slate-grey, tinged with olive above, and with black edgings to the sides of the feathers, a black, head streaked with white, and black under-tail-coverts spotted with white.
Brown, spotted with black centres to the feathers and the face a sort of pinkish grey. The bill is red, bright coral in the male and dusky in the female, and the legs are dull red.


Western Himalayas in north-western India.


Classified as Critically Endangered in the 2008 IUCN Red List.1 No reliable records since 1876.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Steep slopes with long grass and scrub at altitudes of 1 650 to 2 400 m.



Their diet consists of grass seeds. They also probably eat some berries.


There is no information available.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BirdLife International. 2008. Species factsheet: Ophrysia superciliosa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2008.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2019)

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