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Red-billed Partridge - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Red-billed Hill Partridge

Arborophila rubrirostris


28-29 cm.

  • Blackish crown, nape, head-sides and neck, finely mottled white
  • White throat, intensely marked with black
  • Ruddy brown breast with small white spots
  • Greyish white belly variably marked with black
  • Whitish undertail-coverts with dark bases
  • Dull brown upperparts, narrowly barred blackish
  • Large black spotting on scapulars, tertials and wing-coverts
  • Distinctive flank pattern: all black with narrow white bars
  • Bright red bill and duller eyering

Amount of white on head very variable, especially on throat, with northern populations normally showing more white than those of south.
Females similar but with more white on lores and chin, also perhaps slightly duller and smaller. Juveniles not adequately described.


Endemic to the mountains of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Occurs at Mount Sibayak, Mount Brestagi and Mount Kerinci but probably more widespread.


This is a monotypic species.


Montane forest and scrub in pine forest. Occurs between 900 and 2500 m.
Roosts in low trees and bushes, often encountered in steep gullies.



No information available.
Forages in small coveys.


Chicks have been reported in August. No more information.


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. 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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Jan 2018)

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