Concentration of Rock Bush Quail
Rock Bush Quail is very similar to and overlaps in range with the jungle bush quail, bears with a scientific name Perdicula asiatica. These birds are found in small coveys and are often detected only when they suddenly burst out into flight and masse from under vegetation.
Structure of Rock Bush Quail
Rock Bush Quail is 6.7-7.25 in (17.0-18.4 cm) in length and weighs 2.25-3 oz (64-85 g). It is some shade of brown barred and mottled with darker colour. A diagnostic feature is that the outermost primary feather is longer than the innermost, and the inner web of the primaries is barred or speckled with buff. The voice is a trill followed by a series of piping notes which start quiet and grow louder.
Habitats of Rock Bush Quail
Rock Bush Quail is native to the western half of India and is believed to be a non-migratory species. There are three recognised subspecies; Argoondah found from Madhya Pradesh southwards to Tamil Nadu; Meinertzhageni found in north western India; and Salimalii found in South India in parts of Karnataka and Kerala. It occurs in arid areas with scrubby grassland and thorny bushes and is seldom found above about 600 metres (2,000 ft).
Population of Rock Bush Quail
Rock Bush Quail has a very wide range and is common in many parts of that range. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has rated its conservation status as being of "least concern". Although the population has not been quantified, it is probably declining slowly, as the bird is subjected to hunting pressure and destruction of its habitat. The rate of decline in population is insufficient to warrant listing the species in a more threatened category.
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