Tail slightly rounded, of fourteen feathers. Bill very short and stout. Large naked eye-patch. Plumage long and soft.— Male: With full crest and feathers lanceolate. Two or more spurs on each tarsus.— Female: Sometimes with a blunt knob on tarsus. Pound in flocks of twenty or thirty at altitudes of from 12,000 to 15,000 feet. The principal food consists of tops of pine and juniper in spring; berries, mosses, and bamboo leaves in winter. The flesh is tough, and has a strong flavour. Cocks have often five spurs on one leg, and four on the other. Out of thirty-six birds shot on 10.4.80 by Masson near Sundukphoo. twenty-two were cocks. Nepal, Sikkim, Tibet, and China. The link between the Pheasant and the Partridge.