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Crested Partrige

Crested Partrige

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Scientific Name:

Rollulus rouloul


SW Thailand and S Myanmar, S through Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo.


Omnivore. Seeds, large fruits (especially figs), large beetles, wood ants, small molluscs.


Habitat:  Broadleaved evergreen dense forest, bamboo.

Incubation: 18-19 days / 5-6 eggs

Social structure: groups of up to 13 birds.

Weight: male 300g max, female 275g max

Dimensions: 26cm  


Lifespan:  max 23 under human care

Estimated population in the wild: Common but declining


Threats: Forest destruction due to logging, land conversion and fires, trapping for the cage-bird trade.

IUCN Status: Near Threatened

Did you know that:

  1. They use their feet to scratch at the ground to stir up food sources, but they also use them to run and escape from predators. If necessary they can fly rapidly over short distances.
  2. At night, they typically roost on the ground or in low hanging trees, huddled in groups.
  3. They are reported to associate with wild pigs, feeding on discarded fragments of fruit which they would be unable to tackle whole.

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