29. THE RED-BREASTED HILL-PARTRIDGE.
Arboricola mandellii, (Hume).
Sides of the body marked with white and chestnut. Breast chestnut. Throat chestnut followed by a white patch and a black band.
Vernacular Names :—None known.
The Red-breasted Hill-Partridge inhabits the low hills of Bhutan and the country skirting their base, and Mr. Hume has once received this species from the northern part of the Goalpara district in Assam.
I am not aware that any European has ever met with this beautiful species, and I can find nothing on record about its habits.
This Partridge has the crown deep chestnut. A broad grey band runs from each eye to the back of the neck, the two bands meeting and surrounding the chestnut crown. The sides of the head and the sides and back of the neck are chestnut spotted with black. The upper plumage, wings and tail are dark olive-brown, the feathers indistinctly margined darker, and those of the wings and tail marked with triangular black spots, many of the wing-coverts with a large oval black spot and a chestnut tip. The chin and throat are chestnut followed by a white patch and next by a black band. The breast is deep chestnut and the belly smoky grey. The sides of the body are grey, with triangular white spots, and dashed with chestnut.
Length about 11 ; wing about 5 ; tail about 2; the colour of the legs, irides and bill in life is not known.