White-cheeked partridge

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White-cheeked partridge
White-cheeked partridge (Arborophila atrogularis).jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Subfamily: Perdicinae
Genus: Arborophila
Species: A. atrogularis
Binomial name
Arborophila atrogularis
(Blyth, 1850)

The white-cheeked partridge (Arborophila atrogularis) is a species of partridge in the Phasianidae family, native to Asia.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Illustration from The Gamebirds of India, Burmah and Ceylon (Hume & Marshall, 1880

It is found mainly in Northeast India, northern Myanmar, and north-east Bangladesh, inhabiting dense undergrowth in primary and secondary evergreen forest; this sometimes includes adjacent areas of scrub, bamboo, grassland and cultivated land. In India, the species occurs generally at altitudes below 750 m, but may be found at up to 1,220 m in South-East Asia.[1]

Conservation[edit]

The white-cheeked partridge is currently classified as Near Threatened by the IUCN. Population numbers are unknown, but it appears to be scarce now in areas where it was previously reported as common, and is apparently under pressure from habitat loss and hunting.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c BirdLife International (2016). "Arborophila atrogularis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN: e.T22679023A92799033. Retrieved 31 March 2017.