1966. Arborophila mandellii

(1966) Arborophila mandellii Hume.
THE RED-BREASTED HILL-PARTRIDGE.
Arborophila mandellii. Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v, p. 395.
The Red-breasted Hill-Partridge extends from Sikkim and Bhutan to the hills of North-Eastern Assam, Bailey obtained it in the Upper Dibong Valley and Needham in the hills above Sadiya, which probably forms its extreme Eastern limit. So far as we know this bird occurs in Sikkim between 1,000 and 6,000 feet, but probably also much higher, as Masson found the birds above Darjiling at 7,000-9,000 feet, though he failed to procure neats and eggs.
The Arbors know the bird and say that it breeds in the Takin hills above Sadiya, which are roughly 8,000 to 10,000 feet, while a nest taken for me by D, Macdonald in Sikkim and sent to me with a ragged skin must have been taken at not less than 8,000 feet.
Stevens apparently obtained nests in Sikkim quite of the normal character but containing feathers of the birds, possibly only acci¬dentally placed there. The nest found by Macdonald was described as a hollow filled with leaves and grass, under the shelter of a rock, in a very thick forest of Rhododendron and Oak, the whole place very wet and humid and much split up into ravines and cliffs. It was taken on the 3rd June, and contained four fresh eggs, which measure 45.0 x 34.8, 42.5 x 33.0, 44.1 x 35.0 and 44.1 x 35.0 mm. These may prove eventually to be above the average in size.
Nothing is recorded of its habits beyond its predilection for particularly rugged and difficult country.

BookTitle: 
The Nidification Of Birds Of The Indian Empire
Reference: 
Baker, Edward Charles Stuart. The nidification of birds of the Indian Empire. Vol. 4. 1935.
Title in Book: 
1966. Arborophila mandellii
Spp Author: 
Hume.
Book Author: 
Edward Charles Stuart Baker
CatNo: 
1966
Year: 
1935
Page No: 
251
Common name: 
Red Breasted Hill Partridge
M_ID: 
1406
M_CN: 
Chestnut-breasted Partridge
M_SN: 
Arborophila mandellii
Volume: 
Vol. 4
id: 
15150

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