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Painted Spurfowl - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Dr J.P Menon
Western Ghats, South India, 2 July 2020
Galloperdix lunulata

Identification

27–34 cm (10.½-13½ in)

  • Greenish-black head, breast, scapulars and tail
  • Chestnut mantle, forewing, back and rump
  • Head, throat, upper breast, mantle through to middle of the back heavily spotted with white

Female

  • Reddish face
  • Yellow throat patch
  • Yellowish-brown breast

Distribution

South Asia: found only in India.

Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

Habitat

Found in rocky hill, thorn scrub forests and bamboo jungle. Prefers drier habitats than Red Spurfowl.

Behaviour

Diet

Their main diet consists of seeds, tubers, drupes and berries with the addition of molluscs and some insects, particularly termites.

Breeding

The normal clutch contains 3-4 eggs which are laid into a lined ground scrape. Both adults rear the young.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Avibase
  3. McGowan, P.J.K. and G. M. Kirwan (2020). Painted Spurfowl (Galloperdix lunulata), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.paispu1.01

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