Rubeho forest partridge

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Rubeho forest partridge
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Xenoperdix
X. obscuratus
Binomial name
Xenoperdix obscuratus
Bowie & Fjeldså, 2005

Xenoperdix udzungwensis obscurata

The Rubeho forest partridge (Xenoperdix obscuratus) is a small, approximately 29 centimetres (11 in) long, boldly barred, brownish partridge with rufous face, grey underparts, and olive-brown crown and upperparts. It has a red bill, brown iris, and yellow legs. Both sexes are similar.

It inhabits and is endemic to forests of the Rubeho Mountains in Tanzania. It was formerly considered to be a well-marked subspecies of the Udzungwa forest partridge, Xenoperdix udzungwensis of the Udzungwa Mountains, but is now recognized to be specifically distinct.[2] Its diet consists mainly of beetles, ants, and seeds.

Due to ongoing habitat loss, small population size, limited range, and overhunting, Xenoperdix obscuratus is considered endangered,[2] although it has not been evaluated by the IUCN separately from X. udzungwensis.[1]


  1. ^ As a subspecies of Xenoperdix udzungwensis. X. obscuratus has not been evaluated separately by IUCN.[1]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2016). "Xenoperdix udzungwensis". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2016: e.T22678901A92794026. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22678901A92794026.en. Retrieved 2018-10-27.
  2. ^ a b c Bowie, Rauri C. K.; Fjeldså, Jon (January 2005). "Genetic and morphological evidence for two species in the Udzungwa forest partridge Xenoperdix udzungwensis". Journal of East African Natural History. 94 (1): 191–201. doi:10.2982/0012-8317(2005)94[191:GAMEFT]2.0.CO;2.

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