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White-cheeked partridge

   ›      ›   White-cheeked partridge - Arborophila atrogularis.

The white-cheeked partridge (Arborophila atrogularis) belongs to Phasianidae family of birds. The white-cheeked partridges are distributed in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura states in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar and China.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) had categorized and evaluated these bird species and had listed them as 'Near Threatened'.

These partridges are medium sized birds, measuring 30 cm in length and weighing 200 to 300 grams. They have a distinctive head and neck pattern. They have grey and brown crown. Their legs are reddish orange in color. They have whitish cheek.

These birds inhabit scrub, bamboo, montane and evergreen forests and grasslands. They are seen moving up to 1500 meter elevations of foothills. Their habitat destruction has made then near threatened by extinction. They are known to breed during March and April months.

Indian bird - White-cheeked partridge - Arborophila atrogularis
Indian bird - White-cheeked partridge - Arborophila atrogularis

Biological classification of Arborophila atrogularis
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Galliformes
Family:Phasianidae
Subfamily:Perdicinae
Genus:Arborophila
Species:A. atrogularis
Binomial name:Arborophila atrogularis
Distribution:Bangladesh, China, India, and Myanmar
Feeding habits:probably seeds, insects, roots and leaves;
IUCN status listing:Near Threatened

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