1965. Arborophila atrogularls

(1965) Arborophila atrogularis (Blyth).
Arborophila atrogularis. Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed, vol. v, p, 393.
Nothing has been added to the range of this Partridge since the distribution was given in the ‘Fauna’:—“Assam, South of The Brahmapootra ; Dafla and Miri Hills, North of that river (Stevens, Journ. Bomb. Nat. Hist. Soc, vol. xxiii, p. 724,1915) ; Cachar, Sylhet, Tippera, Manipur and Chittagong ; South into Arakan and East into the Chin and Kachin Hills (Anderson, ‘Birds of Yunnan,’ vol. ii, p. 673, 1876). Whitehead obtained it in Myitkyina at 3,500 feet, and Bateman shot it at Kamdoung. Coltart and I found it very common in Lakhimpur, and I found it almost equally so in Sadiya,”
This little Hill-Partridge occurs in the plains as well as in the hills, which it does not ascend much, if at all, over 5,000 feet, being much more common below than above 3,000 feet. In the plains I do not think it breeds further from the hills than the broken ground their base.
Except that it is very often found breeding in bamboo-jungle, the haunts of this Partridge are much the same as those of the other species of the genus. In Lakhimpur Coltart and I found nests in quite thin open bamboo-jungle with here and there grass-growth in patches in which the birds nested. At the same time we also found them in the exceptionally dense wet undergrowth in the ever¬green forest, broken up by ravines, torrents and great masses of rocks and boulders.
In the plains a few birds begin to lay in March and continue until the end of May, but in the hills few birds breed until the end of April and continue well into July.
The number of eggs laid is three to seven, either extreme excep¬tional, and the usual clutch is four or five.
One hundred eggs average 3".6 x 28.4 mm. : maxima 42.4 x 31.8 mm. ; minima 32.4 x 26.2 mm.
I know of no unusual trait in this bird’s habits. The male is certainly monogamous and helps to feed and tend to the chicks, but I do not think he ever incubates ; though I once flushed one apparently from the nest itself, it was probably only close to it.

The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
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White Cheeked Hill Partridge
White-cheeked Partridge
Arborophila atrogularis
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