1363. Arboricola rufigularis

1363. Arboricola rufigularis.

Blyth's Hill-Partridge.

Arboricola rufogularis, Blyth, J. A. S. B. xviii, p. 819 (1849) ; id. Cat. p. 253 ; Jerdon, B. I. iii, p. 578 ; Beavan, Ibis, 1868, p. 385 ; Hume, S. F. v, p. 114; Hume & Dav. S. F. vi, p. 444; Hume, Cat. no. 825 ; Scully, S. F. viii, p. 349: Hume & Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 75 ; Oates, B. B. ii, p. 328 ; Salvadori, Ann. Mus. Civ. Gen. (2) v, p. 620; vii, p. 426; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 212. Arboriphila rufogularis, Hume. S. F. ii, p. 450. Arboricola rufigularis, Blyth Wald. Birds Burm. p. 150 ; Godw-Aust. J. A. S. B. xlv, pt. 2, p. 84; Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. iii, p. 439. Arboricola tickelli, Hume, Game B. ii, pp. 73, 78.

The Rufous-throated Hill-Partridge, Jerdon ; Peura, Kumaun ; Kohum-but, Lepcha; Pokhu, Daphla.

Coloration. Crown olive-brown, streaked with black, greyish and unstreaked on the forehead ; lores and long supercilia greyish white with black shafts; sides of face white, speckled with black except on a stripe running back from the gape; ear-coverts dark brown ; chin, throat, and sides of neck, united more or less behind the nape, rufous with black spots, largest behind the nape and diminishing in size towards the throat; a band on the fore neck below the throat pure ferruginous red, generally, but not always, divided from the breast by a black border; upper parts golden olivaceous brown, not barred with black, but with semi-oval black spots on the lower back, rump, and upper tail-coverts ; scapulars and wing-coverts greyer, with large subterminal black spots and chestnut edges; quills dark brow:n, outer webs of secondaries mottled with rufous olive; tail olive, with black markings and subterminal crescentic bars ; breast and flanks slaty grey, the latter with a white spot in the middle of each feather and' chestnut borders ; lower Hanks brown, with black crescentic spots and buffy edges ; lower tail-coverts black, tipped white. Sexes alike.

Bill black; irides red-brown ; orbits dull lake-red; legs red (Jerdon).

Length about 10.5; tail 2.5 ; wing 5.25; tarsus 1.6; bill from gape .9.

Distribution. The Himalayas from the western boundaries of Kumaun through Nepal, Sikhim, and Bhutan to the Daphla hills, where this species was found by Godwin-Austen, and probably farther east. It also occurs in the hill-ranges of Karennee and Tenasserim (A. tickelli), the variety there found generally wanting the black band behind the rufous throat, but this is not a constant character. In the Himalayas this species inhabits a lower zone than A. torqueola, from the base of the hills to about 6000 feet.

* Col. Godwin-Austen has lent bis specimens to me for examination, and they are undoubtedly A. torqueola. There are several specimens, both males and females.

The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
1363. Arboricola rufigularis
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
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Common name: 
Blyth's Hill Partridge
Rufous-throated Partridge
Arborophila rufogularis
Vol. 4

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