1962. Arboropbila rufogularis rufogularis

(1962) Arborophila rufogularis rufogularis (Blyth).
Arborophila rufogularis rufogularis, Fauna B. I., Birds, 2nd ed. vol. v. p. 390.
This Hill-Partridge occurs in the Outer Himalayas from Kuman and Garhwal to Assam East and North of the Brahmapootra.
It is found from quite low down up to some 6,000 feet regularly, while Beavan saya that near Darjiling he got it at 8,000 feet, and Masson also got it almost as high as this in Sikkim. They frequent exactly the same kind of forest as the better known Arakan bird dealt with very fully later on, and it makes the same kind of nest, often a hollow filled with grass and leaves, sometimes a good nest of grass, well matted and intertwined, and sometimes a domed nest such as I describe under intermedia. Like that bird also it sometimes makes a regular tunnel through the grass to its nest, closed with the adjoining grass-blades when the bird is absent.
Stevens and Masson have taken its nest in rocky broken ground in evergreen forest in Sikkim ; Primrose found its eggs laid in a nest made in Tea-cultivation, a very unusual site, as well as others in scrub-jungle and forest. It has also been reported as breeding in grass-land and in bamboo-jungle.
The breeding season is from April in the lower hills to the end of July in the higher ranges. Whymper took a clutch of three fresh eggs from forest below the. Naini Tal brewery on the 14th July, but he says “the nest was so close to a path that I did not dare leave them as they were the first I had ever seen and were bound to have been detected. ”
Eight eggs have been recorded in a clutch, but I think four or five is the normal full number and, personally, I have never seen more than the latter number though I have seen three only well incubated.
The eggs are typical of the genua in every respect.
Twenty-nine eggs average 39.9 x 30.2 mm : maxima 42.2 x 29.2 and 40.2 x 31.8 mm. ; minima 87.2 x 30.0 and 38.4 x 26.9 mm.

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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1962. Arboropbila rufogularis rufogularis
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Sikkim Rufous Throated Hill Partridge
Arborophila rufogularis rufogularis
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