Chestnut-breasted partridge

Chestnut-breasted partridge
Chestnut-breasted Partridge (male).jpg
In Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India
Song of chestnut breasted partridge - Arborophila mandellii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Genus: Arborophila
A. mandellii
Binomial name
Arborophila mandellii
Hume, 1874

The chestnut-breasted partridge (Arborophila mandellii) is a partridge species endemic to the eastern Himalayas north of the Brahmaputra, and occurs in Bhutan, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and south-eastern Tibet at elevations from 350 to 2,500 m (1,150 to 8,200 ft). It is listed as near threatened on the IUCN Red List, as the estimated population comprises less than 10,000 individuals. It is threatened by forest degradation and by hunting. It is known from at least three protected areas, including Singalila National Park and Namdapha National Park.[1] The scientific name commemorates the Italian naturalist Louis Mandelli.[2]

It is a distinctive partridge with chestnut breast-band and grey belly. It is distinguished from the similar rufous-throated partridge A. rufogularis by more rufescent crown and head-sides, white gorget and entirely chestnut upper breast.

In 2015, the first photograph of this species in the wild was taken in Arunachal Pradesh.[3]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2022). "Arborophila mandellii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2022: e.T22679029A202510425. Retrieved 22 July 2022.
  2. ^ Jobling, James A. (2010). Helm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names. ISBN 978-1-4081-2501-4.
  3. ^ "Elusive partridge photographed for the first time by bengaluru shutterbug".
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