Crested Wood Partridge
Also known as the roul-roul partridge, this bird is found on the forest floor of evergreen, dense lowland primary forests in southeast Asia.
They eat fruits, seeds, large beetles, wood ants and snails.
Crested wood partridges spend the majority of their day foraging for food in groups as large as 40 individuals. They will often follow wild pigs through the forests, feeding on the pig's leftovers such as half eaten fruit. They will also use their feet to scratch for food under the leaf litter.
The birds mate for life. During the breeding season the birds will make a dome shaped nest in which to lay their eggs. The female bird is completely hidden when inside the nest, which is great protection for the eggs from predators and the male bird will watch out for whilst the female incubates the eggs.
The species is under threat from lowland deforestation throughout its range, however it is present in several protected areas in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
- Latin Name: Rollulus rouloul
- Class: Birds
- Order: Galliformes
- Family: Phasianidae
- Conservation Status: Near Threatened
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