964. Tetraogallus himalayensis

964. HIMALAYAN SNOW-PARTRIDGE.
TETRAOGALLUS HIMALAYENSIS.
Tetraogallus himalayensis, Gray, P.Z.S. 1842, p. 105 ; Gould, B. of As. vii. pl. 30 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 106 ; Blanf. F. Brit. Ind. Birds, iv. p. 143 ; T. nigellii, Jard, and Selby, Ill. Orn. pl. 141 (nec. pl. 76) ; Hume and Marsh, Game B. iii. pl. 3 (egg).
Kulla Lupu Baera, in W. Nepal ; Kabk-i-dara, in Afghanistan.
Male ad. (Himalayas). Differs from T. caucasicus in having the head, hind neck and fore back pale blue-grey, the sides of the neck marked with chestnut ; upper parts paler and greyer, the spots redder ; chin and upper throat white, below which is a narrow, indistinct chestnut band ; breast white, tinged with grey, sparingly marked with dark chestnut ; rest of under parts slaty blue slightly vermiculated with brown and striped with rich chestnut and black ; under tail-coverts white ; bill pale horn, legs yellowish red ; iris dark brown ; naked skin behind the eye yellow. Culmen 1.6, wing 12.0, tail 8.4, tarsus 2.5 inch. The female resembles the male, but lacks the spurs.
Hab. Himalayas, west of Kumaun at about 11,000 to 18,000 feet in summer, lower in winter, Afghanistan and the various ranges north to the Altai.
Is chiefly to be met with near the snow-line, on rocks and barren ground, usually in flocks or coveys, and feeds on grass, tender shoots, bulbs, and seeds. Its note is a soft whistle. The nest is a mere depression scratched in the ground under shelter of a rock, stone, or bush, and the eggs, 5 to 6 in number, are usually deposited late in April, and are paler or darker olive-brown spotted or blotched with brownish red, pale chestnut, or purplish brown, and measure about 2.72 by 1.85.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
964. Tetraogallus himalayensis
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
964
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
690
Common name: 
Himalayan Snow Partridge
M_ID: 
1114
M_CN: 
Himalayan Snowcock
M_SN: 
Tetraogallus himalayensis
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
10356

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