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See-see partridge

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The see-see partridge (Ammoperdix griseogularis) belongs to the family of pheasants, Phasianidae. Ammoperdix is a small genus represented by two species. The other species in this genus is the sand partridge, Ammoperdix heyi. The see-see partridge is distributed in southeast Turkey, northeast Syria, Iraq, south Armenia, southwest Iran, southeast Uzbekistan, southwest Kazakhstan, Pakistan and northeast India. In India, they sporadically occur in Kashmir. They are game birds and their introduction into USA was unsuccessful.

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) has categorized and evaluated Ammoperdix griseogularis species and listed these birds as of "Least Concern".

These partridges are small plump birds measuring about 22-25 cm in length and weighing about 180-250 grams. The male birds are slightly larger than the females. The males are sand brown in color with wavy white and brown flank stripes. Neck side plumage is speckled with white. The males have a white cheek patch and black stripe around the eyes. The female bird is a paler version of the male.

Habitat of see see partridge

These birds inhabit dry, rocky, foothills with sparse vegetation. Usually they are seen in pairs and sometimes as a small flock of four birds. They feed on seeds, berries, shoots, leaves, insects and worms. Their breeding season is between April to June. The males are monogamous. They nest on the ground lined with ground scrape and lay up to 15 eggs. When threatened these partridges try to escape by running or by flying for a short distance.

Indian bird - See-see partridge - Ammoperdix griseogularis
Indian bird - See-see partridge - Ammoperdix griseogularis

Biological classification of Ammoperdix griseogularis
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Subfamily:Perdicinae
Genus:Ammoperdix
Species:A. griseogularis
Binomial name:Ammoperdix griseogularis
Distribution: southeast Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and India;
Feeding habits: seeds, berries, shoots, insects and invertebrates;
IUCN status listing:Least Concern


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