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Painted Bush Quail
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[Photo] Painted Bush Quail, Perdicula erythrorhyncha Painting from Hume and Marshall, Gamebirds of India, Burmah and Ceylon 1880
The Painted Bush Quail (Perdicula erythrorhyncha) is a species of quail found in the hill forests of India. They move in small coveys on hillsides and are distinguished by their red bills and legs. They have a liquid alarm call and small groups will run in single file along paths before taking flight when flushed.
It is a darkish brightly colored quail with deep red bill and legs, eye-catching even in flight. Female has brick-red underpart and lacks the white throat and head stripe. Keeps in covey of 6 to 10. Come out in open grassy patches or on forest roads and cart tracks to feed and dust-bathe in the morning and evening. But the covey soon reunites by the call constant call of the members to one another. Call: Runs of soft whistle for rallying the scattered covey. The call is pleasant, oft-repeated triple note kirikee, kirikee, etc., by cock in breeding season. Nesting season varies locally, but particularly all year. Nests in the ground at the root of a bush or grass clump, sometimes thinly lined with grass. Eggs 4 to 7, incubating by female (16-18 days)
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