A peculiar row of superorbital bones present. Tarsus not spurred. Toes with very long claws. Tail of fourteen soft feathers less than half length of wing. Sexes alike in all except torqueolus. Throat and foreneck often thinly covered or naked. Feathers of neck or throat, or of both, spotted. Patch of downy feathers under the wing grey. First primary intermediate between eighth and tenth (fourth and fifth longest). Quills uniformly coloured.
The Hill-Partridges occur throughout the Himalayas, but are found nowhere else in India proper. They extend into Assam, Burma, and China. They inhabit hill forests from 7,000 to 11,000 feet, and are usually seen solitary or in pairs. Of short flight. Occasionally perch. Six to eight eggs, white.
(i.) With upper back barred with black.