And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Scaly-breasted Partridge

These are videos of Scaly-breasted Partridge (Arborophila chloropus) also called Green-legged Partridge, which came out of the forest at Baan Song Nok, south of Bangkok. An often hard to see, but beautiful partridge of the Thailand forests.

When we were watching the partridges, I noticed a pair came in together and whenever they were startled, they would crouch tail to tail. I thought might be some anti-predator behaviour allowing views from both directions. Partridges and quail do often crouch to hide, but do mating pairs do it facing different directions?

I only managed to get this behaviour once on the next video at the end, just before they disappeared behind some bushes. Has anyone else seen this type of behaviour in other partridges or quail?

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