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Rock bush-quail

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The rock bush quail (Perdicula argoondah) belong to the family Phasianidae. There are three subspecies of rock bush quail. The subspecies P. a. meinertzhageni occurs in northwest Indian regions like, Haryana, Kutch, Saurashtra and Madhya Pradesh. The subspecies P. a. argoondah is found in peninsular India, in the states Madhya Pradesh, Andhra and Tamil Nadu. The subspecies P. a. salimalii is found in the southern states of India, Karnataka and Kerala.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has categorized and evaluated these quail species and has listed them as of "least concern".

These quails are small birds, measuring 15-18 cm in length and weighing 50 to 75 grams. These birds inhabit dry, shrub bushes. They feed on seeds, grains, insects and plant waste. They breed during January to March. build their nests under rocky cover.

Indian bird - Rock bush-quail - Perdicula argoondah
Indian bird - Rock bush-quail - Perdicula argoondah

Biological classification of Perdicula argoondah
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Subfamily:Perdicinae
Genus:Perdicula
Species:P. argoondah
Binomial name:Perdicula argoondah
Distribution: Southern, Western and North Western India;
Feeding habits: seeds, insects;
IUCN status listing:Least Concern

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