This little-known Himalayan bird, the only member of the genus, is difficult to classify. It has been placed with the Quails or with Rollulus, but it does not show much resemblance to either. The sexes are quite dissimilar and the plumage is long and lax, with the feathers somewhat lanceolate. The tarsus is a little shorter than the middle toe and claw ; the bill is stout. The tail contains 10 feathers, and is well developed, much rounded, and not much shorter than the wing ; the 1st primary is shorter than the 10th ; 5th or 6th longest. On the whole this bird comes as naturally as anywhere where Grant has placed it, with the Spur-fowls and Blood Pheasants, being neither partridge, quail, nor pheasant.
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.
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