Mountain bamboo partridge

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The mountain bamboo partridge (Bambusicola fytchii) belongs to the Phasianidae family. The mountain bamboo partridge species occurs in Bangladesh, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. There are two subspecies of these birds. The subspecies B. fytchii fytchii is found in mountains in south-central China, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar. The subspecies B. fytchii hopkinsoni occurs in northeast India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. In India these partridges are found in the mountains in Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and Mizoram.

These birds have been categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as of "Least Concern".

These B. fytchii partridges are small birds, measuring 25 to 30 cm in length and weighing 250 to 400 grams. The male Bambusicola fytchii are larger than the females. They have characteristic black and white eye-stripes and distinctive pattern on the head and underparts. The breast and abdomen plumage of Bambusicola fytchii species is creamy white to pale buff with brown speckles.

Habitat of Mountain bamboo partridge

The Bambusicola fytchii species in India inhabit the bamboo scrub forest, tall grasslands and degraded forest areas and bamboo groves near water. The mountain bamboo partridge spend much of the time under the cover of undergrowth.

They feed on seeds, berries, shoots, buds, grains, insects and worms. Breeding takes place between March and September. The male mountain bamboo partridge is monogamous and the female incubates the eggs. The Male partridge feeds the incubating female and the chicks.
Indian bird - Mountain bamboo-partridge - Bambusicola fytchii
Indian bird - Mountain bamboo-partridge - Bambusicola fytchii

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Biological classification of Bambusicola fytchii
Species:B. fytchii
Binomial name:Bambusicola fytchii
Distribution:B. fytchii is distributed in Bangladesh, China, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam;
Feeding habits: seeds, berries, shoots and invertebrates;
IUCN status listing:Least Concern

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