965. Tetraogallus tibetanus

965. TIBETAN SNOW-PARTRIDGE.
TETRAOGALLUS TIBETANUS.
Tetraogallus tibetanus, Gould, P.Z.S. 1853, p. 47 ; id. B. of As. vii. pl. 32 ; David and Oust. Ois. Chine, p. 391 ; Prjev. Mongol, i Strana Tangut, ii. p. 127 ; Ogilvie Grant, Cat. B. Br. Mus. xxii. p. 104 ; Berezoff. and Bianchi, Ptitz. Gan-su, etc. p. 14.
Hrak-pa, Bhot. ; Hailik, Mongol. ; Cunmo, Tangut.
Male ad. (Tibet). Differs from T. altaicus in being smaller, the head, neck, and upper breast darker slate-grey, gradually merging into the colour of the back ; upper parts mure marked with white, the outer webs of secondaries white ; upper breast crossed by an irregular white band ; under parts white with black stripes, which are bolder on the flanks ; under tail-coverts black with broad terminal central white stripes ; middle tail-feathers like the back, the rest brownish black tipped with rufous buff ; bill orange-red ; legs coral-red ; iris brown. Culmen 1.52, wing 10.5, tail 6.7, tarsus 2.0 inch. Female similar but without the spur.
Hab. The mountains of Kan-su, Koko-nor, Eastern Turkestan and Northern Tibet east to the Sanju Pass at from 10,000 to 16,000 feet altitude.
In general habits it resembles T. altaicus and is very wary and shy. When at rest it utters a note like that of the domes┬Čtic hen, occasionally interrupted by a peculiar whistle ; when alighting it utters click, click, click several times in succession ; when settling down it makes a sound like goooo, goooo, and when collecting its young its call-note is a whistle. Its eggs resemble those of T. himalayensis, and measure about 2.4 by 1.7.

BookTitle: 
A Manual Of Palaearctic Birds
Reference: 
Dresser, Henry Eeles. A Manual of Palaearctic Birds. Vol. 2. 1903.
Title in Book: 
965. Tetraogallus tibetanus
Book Author: 
H. E. Dresser
CatNo: 
965
Year: 
1903
Page No: 
690
Common name: 
Tibetan Snow Partridge
M_ID: 
1121
M_CN: 
Tibetan Snowcock
M_SN: 
Tetraogallus tibetanus
Volume: 
Vol. 2
id: 
11042

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