Chinese Bamboo Partridge

(Bambusicola thoracica)

Range: Eastern China, Taiwan; introduced to Japan and attempted introductions to Hawaii.

Subspecies: Chinese Bamboo-Partridge B. t. thoracica and Taiwan Bambo-Partridge B. t. sonorivox

Habitat: Despite its common name, the Bamboo-Partridge inhabits a variety of forests, not just bamboo.

Description: The sexes of this species are similar, with the female being slightly smaller. They have a bright rufous throat and face; gray above the eye and extending to the base of the neck. The breast and back is mottled with black, buff and chestnut; black spots on flanks and underparts. sonorivox is darker with chestnut spots on flanks.

Status in Wild: Considered common in many areas of its range.

Avicultural Data

Status in Aviculture: The Chinese subspecies is well established in captivity.

Breeding Season: Begins late April-early May.

Clutch Size: 7 to 9

Incubation Period: 18 days.

Misc. Aviculture Notes: The Chinese Bamboo-Partridge is smaller and more delicate than most other partridge species kept in captivity. They are tropical and need protection from freezing weather. Although attractive and well established, this species is not recommended for the beginner

The chicks are tricky to raise. In the wild, the hen will offer food to the little chicks from her beak, so in captivity, they have a hard time to learn to eat on their own. You will have to encourage them to start eating with the help of a teacher, usually a similar sized chick, or you can use mealworms and offer them with your fingers. Watch the birds carefully and make sure they are getting enough.


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Photo Credits
(l to r): 1-2, Carl Garnham; 3-4, Peter Stubbs.

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