|Pair at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland|
The Crested Partridge (Rollulus rouloul) also known as the Crested Wood Partridge, Roul-roul, Red-crowned Wood Partridge, Green Wood Quail or Green Wood Partridge is a gamebird in the pheasant family Phasianidae of the order Galliformes, gallinaceous birds. It is the only member of the genus Rollulus.
This small partridge is a resident breeder in lowland rainforests in south Burma, south Thailand, Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo. Its nest is a ground scrape lined with leaves, which is concealed under a heap of leaf litter. Five or six white eggs are incubated for 18 days.
Crested Partridge is a rotund short-tailed bird, 25 cm in length, with the male marginally larger than the female. Both sexes have a scarlet patch of bare skin around the eye and red legs without a spur or hind toe.
The male is metallic green above with glossy dark blue underparts and a brownish wing panel. The head is adorned with a tall red crest, a white forehead spot and black frontal bristles. The female has pea-green body plumage apart from the brown wing coverts. She has a slate-grey head with the bristles but no spot or crest. The bill is all-dark. Young birds are duller versions of the adult of the same sex. The song is a mournful whistled si-ul.
The Crested Partridge is usually seen singly or in pairs as it uses its feet to probe the forest floor for fruit, seeds and invertebrates.1 When disturbed, it prefers to run but if necessary it flies a short distance on its rounded wings.
There is some concern about the effect of habitat destruction on this bird, especially with regard to logging. However, it seems to be somewhat more adaptable than other southeast Asian pheasants. The Crested Wood Partridge is evaluated as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. It is listed on Appendix III of CITES.
Male at Toronto Zoo, Canada
Female at Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA
Egg of Rollulus rouloul - MHNT
- BirdLife International (2004). Rollulus rouloul. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 29 December 2006. Database entry includes justification for why this species is near threatened
- Pheasants, Partridges and Grouse by Madge and McGowan, ISBN 0-7136-3966-0
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