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Sumatran Partridge - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Sumatran Hill Partridge

Arborophila sumatrana


28 cm.

  • Mostly grey head with dark-spotted browner forehead to nape and white cheek patch
  • Dull brown upperparts with blackish barring
  • Chestnut scapulars and wing-coverts with grey outer webs
  • Greyish-white throat
  • Blue-grey breast getting whitish on belly
  • Black-and-white barring on flanks
  • Reddish-orange area around eye

Sexes similar, juveniles undescribed.


Endemic to the mountains of central and northern Sumatra, Indonesia.
Not uncommon but probably declining due to habitat loss and excessive hunting.


This is a monotypic species.
It was formerly included in Grey-breasted Partridge.


Found in broadleaf forest in mountains and foothills.
Occurs from 500 up to 2000 m.


No information about diet or breeding.
This is a sedentary species.


  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. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)

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