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Perdix hodgsoniae
Photo by James Eaton
Location: Wolong, Sichuan, China


28-31 cm. Brown back, black belly patch, chestnut flanks, black and white face pattern, rufous nape, white breast and flanks heavily barred with black and chestnut, white lower belly. The head and breastpattern provide good cryptic camouflage. The female is similar to the male but duller, and the juvenile is buff-brown.


Tibet, northern Pakistan, northwestern India, northern Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan, and western China.



Mountain slopes and high meadows with some rhododendron bushes, dwarf juniper or other scrubs. It moves to high desert plains in winter, and may ascend to the snowline in summer.


It nests in a grass-lined depression next to a boulder or scrub; 8-10 brownish-buff eggs are laid.

The diet includes seeds, but the young also take insects.

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