White-cheeked Partridge (Arborophila atrogularis) is a local resident in eastern Himalayas and north-east India. Size 28 cm.
White-cheeked Partridge (Arborophila atrogularis)
is resident in north-east India locally common in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam,
Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura, Bangladesh very local in the
north-east, could still occur in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, Myanmar widespread,
uncommon to common resident and China local in Yingjiang area of west Yunnan to
west of Salween river. It inhabits dense undergrowth of broadleaved primary and
secondary evergreen forest, sometimes adjacent scrub, bamboo, grassland and
cultivation, most frequently below 750 m in India, but usually between 610-1220
m in South-East Asia. It is principally threatened by habitat loss and
persecution. Within its range, hill forests are diminishing rapidly in extent
and becoming fragmented because of shifting agriculture and logging. Hunting and
snaring is common. However, given the size of its range and the
paucity of fieldwork conducted within it, the species is currently likely to be
more abundant than records suggest and to exceed the threshold for
classification as Vulnerable.