1377. Perdix hodgsoniae

1377. Perdix hodgsoniae.

The Tibetan Partridge.

Sacfa hodgsoniae, Hodgs. J. A. S. B. xxv, p. 165, pl. (1857). Perdix hodgsonise, Gould, Birds Asia, vi, pl. 74 ; Adams, P. Z. S. 1858, p. 503 ; 1859, p. 185 ; Cock & Marsh. S. F. i, p. 349 ; Hume, N. & E. p. 544 ; id. S. F. vii, p. 432; id. Cat. no. 823 bis; Hume Marsh. Game B. ii, p. 65, pl.; iii, p. 434, pl. iii (egg); Oates in Hume's N. & E. 2nd ed. iii, p. 438; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. M. xxii, p. 193.

Sakpha, Tibetan.

Coloration. Sinciput chestnut; occiput and nape brown, each feather with a triangular buff terminal spot; forehead buffy white, edged with black in front and behind ; lores, supercilia, and cheeks also buffy white; a large black spot below the eye, with a white band behind it that merges into the buff throat and chin; the sides of head and throat bordered by a broken black band; ear-coverts brown ; hind neck and sides of neck dull chestnut, forming a collar; back and rump buffy grey, the upper back distinctly barred transversely with blackish brown, but farther back the bars are scattered and the feathers vermiculated with black; scapulars, wing-coverts, and tertiaries mixed grey and dark chestnut or black, with buff transverse bars and with conspicuous white or buff black-edged shaft-stripes ; quills brown, with rather irregular transverse buff bars, rufous buff on the inner webs, secondaries with buffy white, shaft-stripes; middle tail-feathers whitish with very wavy and irregular black cross-bands, outer tail-feathers chestnut with the tips buff, spotted with black; breast buffy white, each feather with a subterminal black bar, a patch of feathers in the middle of the lower surface black with whitish edges ; flanks buff, broadly barred with dull chestnut, and with the tips of the feathers vermiĀ¬culated with black ; lower abdomen and under tail-coverts buff. Sexes alike.

In a young bird the plumage is brown, blackish on the crown and scapulars, pale below, the feathers with buffy-white bars and shaft-stripss almost throughout the upper parts and on the breast.

Bill and legs horn-green; orbital skin reddish {Hodgson).

Length about 12; tail 3.6; wing 6.3; tarsus 1.7; bill from gape .8.

Distribution. The Tibetan plateau north of Sikhim and Nepal and as far west as Hanle, but not so far as Ladak, at 14,000-18,000 feet elevation. A specimen was once obtained by Mr. Wilson in the Bhagirathi valley, just south of the Snowy Bange, but the statement in the British Museum Catalogue that this bird has been found at Darjeeling is due to an erroneous label. The Partridge from Kansu, east of Tibet, distinguished by Prjevalski and Ogilvie Grant as P. sifanica, wants the black patch on the breast.

Habits, &c. Probably very similar to those of the common European Partridge, the call, according to Hume, being nearly the same. Ten fresh eggs of a pale drab colour were found by Major Barnes on July 12th near the Pangong Lake; one of these measured 1.77 by 1.2.

BookTitle: 
The Fauna Of British India, Including Ceylon And Burma-birds
Reference: 
Blanford, William Thomas, ed. The Fauna of British India: Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. 4. 1898.
Title in Book: 
1377. Perdix hodgsoniae
Book Author: 
William Thomas Blanford
CatNo: 
1377
Year: 
1898
Page No: 
142
Common name: 
Tibetan Partridge
M_ID: 
1316
M_CN: 
Tibetan Partridge
M_SN: 
Perdix hodgsoniae
Volume: 
Vol. 4
Term name: 
id: 
1957

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