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Mountain bamboo partridge

Thai: นกกระทาป่าไผ่, nok gra-tha phaa-phai

Binomial name: Bambusicola fytchii, John Anderson, 1871

The mountain bamboo partridge (Bambusicola fytchii) is a species of bird in the Phasianidae family. It is found in Bangladesh, Tibet, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The binomial commemorates Major-General Albert Fytche.

Their plumage is a mix of browns, cream and grey. They have distinctive black and white eye stripes and their breast and abdomen is pale with brown speckles.

Mountain bamboo partridges live close to water in bamboo scrub forest, tall grassland and degraded forest areas with bamboo groves. They remain under shrub cover for much of the day, moving into the open in the early morning and late evening to feed. They will only fly when threatened, returning to cover quickly.

Breeding occurs in the summer months between March and September. The nest is a simple scraped out dip in the ground lined with grass. The female incubates the eggs for 18 to 19 days. The male meanwhile stays close to the nest and feeds the female and, once hatched, the chicks.

The diet of the mountain bamboo partridge is primarily bamboo but also includes a wide variety of seeds, berries, shoots and invertebrates.

The mountain bamboo partridge is fairly common throughout its range. However, population numbers do appear to be declining. Areas of the bamboo partridges' habitat is cleared for agriculture but they have been seen living on the cultivated land. There is some evidence of hunting in parts of their range.

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Scientific classification

Bambusicola fytchii

Common names

  • English: Mountain bamboo partridge
  • Thai: นกกระทาป่าไผ่, nok gra-tha phaa-phai

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Mountain bamboo partridge, Bambusicola fytchii in Thailand
  • Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Doi Inthanon National Park
  • Doi Lang
  • Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park
  • Huai Nam Dang National Park
  • Pha Daeng National Park

Range map of Bambusicola fytchii in Thailand

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Special thanks to Ton Smits, Parinya Pawangkhanant, Ian Dugdale and many others for their contribution for range data.

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