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Himalayan Snowcock
(Tetraogallus himalayensis)

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Additional Information

Breeding Season: Begins late April.

Breeding Age:

Clutch Size: 4 to 6

Incubation Period:: 28 days.

Description - Male: Large, overall gray partridge, face and throat white with a brown band below eye extending on to neck forming a collar; upper breast with black streaks; flanks gray streaked with black and white.

Description - Female: Females are similar to males, but lack tarsal spurs and have more buff on the face.

Status in Captivity: Was formally quite common in American collections and articles show that it did very well in captivity, but whatever the reason (as in the case of many of the less-flashy galliformes) the Himalayan Snowcock is now rarely seen in American aviaries.

Misc Notes:


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Bibliography and Further Reading

  • Johnsgard, P.A. 1988. The Quails, Partridges, and Francolins of the World. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.
  • Kuz'mina, M.A. 1992. Tetraonidae and Phasianidae of the USSR. Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington, D.C.
  • Madge, S., McGowan, P. 2002. Pheasants, Partridges, and Grouse. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ.
  • Robbins, G.E.S. 1998. Partridges & Francolins, their Conservation, Breeding & Management. World Pheasant Association.


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