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


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


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


South Asia: found only in India.


This is a monotypic species[1].


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



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


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


  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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