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Chinese Bamboo Partridge

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Photo by pauxFujian, China, January 2018
Photo by paux
Fujian, China, January 2018

Alternative name: Bamboo Partridge

Bambusicola thoracicus


[edit] Identification

30–32 cm (11¾-12½ in), Male larger

  • Brown crown and nape
  • Bluish-grey forehead
  • Upperparts and breast mottled black, chestnut, and cream
  • Black spotted flanks
  • Extensive rufous face and throat
  • Grey above eye and down to neck
  • Females are usually unspurred

Immatures are duller, have buffy shaft streaks, dark spots on lower back, rump and undertail-coverts.

[edit] Distribution

Asia: found in south and central China.
Declining in its range.

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].
Formerly considered conspecific with Taiwan Bamboo Partridge. The scientific name was formerly spelled thoracica.

[edit] Habitat

Arid bush. Warm forests and grasslands; not entirely dependent on bamboo. Occurs up to 1000m, occasionally up to 2000m.

[edit] Behaviour


[edit] Breeding

The clutch consists of 3-7 eggs which are incubated by the female for 18 days.

[edit] Diet

The diet includes invertebrates, nuts, seeds, shoots and leaves. Birds introduced to Japan have been observed feeding on locusts, termites and ants.

[edit] Vocalisation

Call: ki-ko-kuai or kojukkei

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Starts with Daurian Redstart, followed by Chinese Bamboo Partridges, Oriental Greenfinch and a bulbul
Recording by china guy, Sichuan, China, September 2011

[edit] References

  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
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1994. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 2: New World Vultures to Guineafowl. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334153
  4. Birding in Taiwan
  5. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Feb 2018)

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