Bamboo partridge

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Bamboo partridges
Bambusicola thoracicus1.jpg
Chinese bamboo partridge (Bambusicola thoracicus)
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Galliformes
Family: Phasianidae
Tribe: Gallini
Genus: Bambusicola
Gould, 1863
Type species
Bambusicola thoracicus

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Bamboo partridges, sometimes called ridge partridges, are medium-sized non-migratory birds of the genus Bambusicola in the family Phasianidae.They have a wide native distribution throughout Asia. They were formerly grouped in the Perdicinae subfamily of the Phasianidae (pheasants, quail, etc.). However, molecular research suggests that partridges are not a distinct taxon within the family Phasianidae, but that some species are closer to the pheasants, while others are closer to the junglefowl. Phylogenetic evidence supports the bamboo partridges as being the sister genus to the junglefowl.[1]


There are three species in the genus:

Image Common Name Scientific name Distribution
Bambusicola fytchii -short grass-8.jpg Mountain bamboo partridge Bambusicola fytchii[2][3] Bangladesh, Tibet, India, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Bambusicola thoracicus Wuhan.jpg Chinese bamboo partridge Bambusicola thoracicus[4] Taiwan
9025 kkshen 七星山 03.jpg Taiwan bamboo partridge Bambusicola sonorivox[5] Taiwan.


  1. ^ "Galliformes". bird-phylogeny (in German). Retrieved 2021-08-02.
  2. ^ "Mountain Bamboo-partridge: Bambusicola fytchii". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 1 October 2016. 1 October 2016. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Mountain bamboo-partridge | Twycross Zoo | World Primate Centre". Archived from the original on 29 October 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
  4. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Bambusicola thoracicus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22725191A94887004. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22725191A94887004.en. Retrieved 16 November 2021.
  5. ^ BirdLife International (2016). "Bambusicola sonorivox". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22725205A94887202. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T22725205A94887202.en. Retrieved 16 November 2021.