MALAYAN OR CHARLTON'S Hill-Partridge.
Charlton's hill-partridge is a Malayan bird, ranging as far east as Borneo, which Hume apparently included, because it was said to have been sent from the hills of South Tenasserim, though he doubted its actual occurrence there. As a matter of fact, however, it is very difficult to draw exact lines in the distribution of skulking forest birds like partridges of this type, and South Tenasserim forms the northern limit of several Malayan species,
The present bird is closely allied to the green-legged species, and also has green legs, although Hume thought they were red and figured them accordingly; I speak from examining live specimens at the London Zoo. The two species, however, present marked distinctions in marking and colouring, the present bird having distinct orange-rusty cheek patches and a plain chestnut band beneath the black-speckled white throat. The black on the buff sides takes the form of distinct vertical bars, and that on the brown back is in very fine pencilling, finer than any found in our other hill-partridges, and recalling the delicate markings of some ducks. These two green-legged forms make a small separate group of their own; the present species has the usual habits, living m coveys and skulking in forest cover, and feeding on the usual mixed diet. It is, however, not particular about elevation, going down to the bases of the hills, though not found off them. The note is descrihed as a double whistle.