Chestnut-breasted Partridge (Arborophila mandellii)

The Chestnut-breasted Partridge, also known as the Arborophila mandellii, is a small bird species belonging to the family Phasianidae. This bird is typically found in the mountainous regions of Southeast Asia, including Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and China. It inhabits the dense and moist forest areas at altitudes of up to 5,000 feet.

The Chestnut-breasted Partridge is a fairly small bird, ranging from 23 to 27 cm in length and weighing around 250 grams. The male bird has a dark grey head, chestnut-brown breast, black and white barring on its wings, and a black tail with white undertail feathers. The female bird is smaller and has a lighter brown head, and the chestnut-brown breast feathers are less distinct.

This partridge is primarily a ground-dwelling bird that forages mainly on the forest floor, feeding on seeds, fruits, insects and small invertebrates. It is a shy and elusive bird, and prefers to keep out of sight in dense foliage and undergrowth. The Chestnut-breasted Partridge is a monogamous bird and the pair remains together for life. During the breeding season, the male will perform an elaborate courtship dance, producing a variety of calls and fluffing up his feathers.

The Chestnut-breasted Partridge is a threatened species due to habitat destruction and poaching for its meat. Various conservation efforts are underway to protect the remaining populations, including the establishment of protected areas and anti-poaching measures. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.

In conclusion, the Chestnut-breasted Partridge is a beautiful and fascinating bird species that plays an important role in the forest ecosystem. Efforts must be made to conserve this species and its habitat to ensure its long-term survival.

Other names

Arborophila mandellii



Chestnut-breasted Partridge

perdiu forestal pit-roja



riđoprsa trčka

koroptev kaštanovoprsá




Torquéole de Mandelli


Pernice pettocastano


rusvagurklė krūmyninė kurapka


pstropiór rdzawoszyi


Красногрудая кустарниковая куропатка

Jarebica kestenjastih grudi

kurička hrdzavohrdlá

Arborófila pechirroja


Kızıl Göğüslü Dağ Kekliği

куріпка рудогруда


bērkrūšu irbīte